As the world celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April 2021, AIPH was also marking the day by inspiring people to think about the successful integration of nature into the built environment.
The AIPH 2021 International Green City conference brought together a worldwide audience of professionals, organisations, city councils and government administrations to hear how international experts on greening urban spaces have met this challenge.
Through the AIPH’s Green City principles, which promote plants’ essential role in creating vibrant urban areas in which people and businesses can thrive. Our environment, human wellbeing, social cohesion and economies are all improved by intelligently designed green space.
At the AIPH 2021 Green City Conference, hear about innovations and advances in city greening from our Champions of Green Cities. We had a line-up of expert international speakers who:
12:00 Virtual exhibition and networking opportunities on the Hopin platform
13:00 Welcome by Chair – Mr Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
13:05 Welcome speech – Mr Bill Hardy, Chair of AIPH Green City Committee
13:15 Grids and Greenery 1984 – 2021 – Prof Rob Adams, City Design, City of Melbourne, shares his insights about the transformation of central Melbourne since the 1980s, and how this influences how cities evolve to recover from shocks and seize opportunities.
13:55 Launch of the AIPH World Green City Awards
The Vienna Story: Planning and managing green transitions in the Worlds Number 1 in liveability by Ms Maria Vassilakou, founder of Vienna Solutions and former Vice Mayor of Vienna.
14:40 Greening Cities – a Climate of Change by Mr Peter Massini, Director of Future Nature Consulting Ltd.
15:00 Women4Climate Toronto: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders by Toronto Councillor Dr Jennifer McKelvie.
15:30 Biophilic Cities: Growing a Culture of Biophilia by Professor Tim Beatley, founder of Biophilic Cities.
15:50 CitiesWithNature – engagement platform of choice for Champions of Green Cities by Ms Ingrid Coetzee, Director of Biodiversity, Nature & Health for ICLEI Africa.
16:10 Q&A- including David Maddox, Founder and Editor of The Nature of Cities
16:20 Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar: Green Desert. Better Environment.
16:30 AIPH announces the AIPH 2020 Green City Guidelines – Dr Audrey Timm
16:45 Case Study: Barcelona – presented by Ms Anne Jaluzot
17:00 Case Study: Almere – presented by Mr Niek Roozen
17:15 The Science of Tree Selection, Dr Andrew Hirons
17:45 Closing remarks – Mr Bill Hardy, Chair of AIPH Green City Committee
18:00 Virtual exhibition and networking opportunities on the Hopin platform
Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams has led the rejuvenation of central Melbourne. He received the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2008, the Order of Australia in 2007, and the Australian Institute of Architect’s National President’s Award in 2018, and his CoM City Design team have received over 150 international, state and local awards.
During this conference, he will share his insights into how cities evolve to recover from shocks and seize opportunities. This opens the conversation for innovative city leaders to share their successes in the main conference session.
Maria Vassilakou served as Vienna’s Vice Mayor – responsible for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation from November 2010 to July 2019. She is an experienced urban leader, devoted to open, inclusive and green cities, with a passion for urban transformation processes leading to sustainable change.
Maria Vassilakou envisages cities as open, green, affordable, family friendly and diverse places for life. In her 9 years serving as Deputy Mayor Maria Vassilakou was responsible for a vast transformation agenda comprising numerous innovative projects, contributing substantially to Viennas Nr1 position in all major international livability rankings within the last decade.
Having founded Vienna Solutions, Maria Vassilakou now works worldwide as a strategist and global advisor on urban transformation and transition management.
Peter has spent the majority of his 30-year professional career as an urban ecologist and green infrastructure policy maker. For the past 10 years he has led on green infrastructure and natural environment policy for the Greater London Authority, successfully embedding a policy framework in the London Plan and London Environment Strategy that aims to make London a greener, more liveable and resilient city.
During this conference, he will present an overview of greening metrics that are used in the policy, discussing some of the challenges and drawbacks and how effective they are in practice.
Jennifer McKelvie is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 25, Scarborough Rouge-Park, representing over 100,000 constituents in the City’s most eastern riding. Before being elected in 2018, Jennifer worked as a professional Geoscientist and managed research partnerships at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
At Toronto City Council, Jennifer serves as Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee. In that capacity, she is taking an active role in the City of Toronto’s climate change, resilience and ravine strategies.
During the conference, she will give insights from her experience in inspiring the next generation of climate leaders through the C40 Women for Climate mentorship programme.
Dr. Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years.
During the conference, he will explain the power of community in making cities more nature focussed, and the influence of biophilia in inspiring change.
Ingrid is a governance and sustainability expert with special interest in nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, nature and health, and biodiversity mainstreaming and governance systems. She has over 30 years’ work experience of all government levels and joined ICLEI Africa and Cities Biodiversity Center in December 2016.
Ingrid represents ICLEI and the local and subnational government constituency on the CBD Informal Advisory Group on Mainstreaming of Biodiversity, and on UNEP’s Major Groups Facilitating Committee.
During the conference, she will describe the organisation’s projects on mainstreaming nature, its benefits, and nature-based solutions into urban planning and decision-making in cities and city-regions thereby helping them become healthier, and more resilient and liveable places.
Dr Audrey Timm is a horticultural scientist specialised in ornamental horticulture. Spanning many aspects of horticulture, Audrey’s career has covered academic research in South Africa, industry support, training and on-farm research and development in Australia, and promoting the connection between design and ecology in urban landscapes with the University of Sheffield in the UK.
Since joining AIPH as Technical Advisor in early 2019, Audrey leads their Green City initiative with the purpose of increasing the quality and quantity of living green in urban environments, and nurturing a strategic shift in city form and function. Audrey also manages AIPH’s programmes in Plant Health, Sustainability, and Novelty Protection. Through knowledge exchange, advocacy, and networking, Audrey supports AIPH’s position as the world’s champion for the power of plants.
During the conference, she will introduce the AIPH 2021 Green City Guidelines – an essential digital resource providing evidence that supports innovative policy and practice in green cities.
Anne is an urban planner, with 19 years of experience primarily gathered in the US and the UK in environmentally led approaches to urban policy, design and regeneration.
Anne now works as an independent consultant continuing to advise on, assess, facilitate or lead the development of tools, strategies, projects and knowledge on urban greening. She conducted the research and writing of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)’s latest publications: Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers (2012) and Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery (2014) – two action-oriented urban forestry best practice guides on using trees in 21st century cities.
During the conference, she will deliver a case study of Barcelona, the city which changed traffic patterns, replacing roadways with living green, thereby increasing social interactions and reducing pollution.
Niek Roozen has been a landscape architect since 1974. Over the years, he and his staff have worked, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of projects such as city parks, horticulture and garden exhibitions and theme parks.
In 1986 Niek founded Niek Roozen Landscapes. The office started to grow internationally when they won the commission as ‘Chief designer Floriade 2002’.
During the conference, he will introduce the power of plant selection in dominating landscape performance, using Almere as a case study for motivating plant selection linked to function, and the multi-functionality of urban greening.
As well as having a range of higher education teaching responsibilities on modules relating to tree biology, tree establishment and urban tree management, Andrew is also actively involved in research. Primarily this research is motivated by the need to create resilient urban forests that meet the needs of society. He has particular expertise in species selection, publishing a number of papers evaluating how functional plant traits can better inform tree selection for urban environments. He also led the NERC Green Infrastructure Innovation project that resulted in the TDAG Tree selection for green infrastructure: A guide for specifiers. This guidance document is already widely respected across the green infrastructure community. It has been downloaded approximately 20,000 times and was a finalist in the Landscape Institute Digital Innovation Award in 2019. Andrew co-authored Applied Tree Biology (Wiley-Blackwell), a textbook focusing on the integration of science into the management of trees.
Bill has had many roles and responsibilities within the horticulture industry over the years and has always had an avid involvement in industry professional development, education, and certification.
Bill is active with several industry associations including: the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association – Communication Director and 2nd Vice President; HortEducationBC – Founding Director and current Business Manager; Canadian Garden Council – Founding Director and CNLA Representative; International Association of Horticulture Producers – Chair Green City Committee; and the Green Cities Foundation – Director at Large
During the conference, will bring the focus onto the AIPH Green City initiative and how the content of this programme integrates with the AIPH vision as the world’s champion for the power of plants.
Welcome from the AIPH Secretary General and the Chair of the AIPH Green City Committee.
|Prof Rob Adams||Ms Maria Vassilakou||Mr Peter Massini|
|Dr Jennifer McKelvie||Q&A|
|Prof Tim Beatley||Ms Ingrid Coetzee||Q&A|
|Dr Audrey Timm||Ms Anne Jaluzot||Mr Niek Roozen|
|Dr Andrew Hirons||Q&A|
Closing remarks from the Chair of the AIPH Green City Committee Bill Hardy.
PERA Event is an international service agency for special events, M.I.C.E. entertainment and event counselling. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, the group offers solutions, support and services to participants in the development and implementation of International Horticultural Exhibitions.
Expo 2023 Doha Qatar will take place from October 2nd 2023 to March 28th 2024. The chosen theme for Expo 2023 in Doha is “Green Desert, Better Environment”, inspiring visitors by proposing solutions to promote a prosperous green life in the desert, in fruitful international cooperation.
China Flowers & Horticulture is one of the most authoritative and influential periodicals of the floriculture industry in China. It was founded in 2001, sponsored by the China Flower Association and directed by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. The magazine editorial committee is composed of secretaries of flower associations and branches of the China Flower Association and nearly 50 well-known flower horticultural entrepreneurs in China.
The magazine is published biweekly, on the 1st and 15th of each month, which is printed in full colour coated paper in the international 16K version. It aims at introducing industry policies, researching the theories, guiding mass consumption, and fostering the development of the industry. It highlights guidance, knowledge and practicality and integrates policies, scientific technologies, production, and market information together to meet the needs of readers. It timely reports the latest trends of the market and prices, provides a detailed explanation of new policies, professional investigation of hot spots, and global latest flower technology. It also introduces the newest varieties and products of the industry in detail and provides practical technology and experience.
Host City is the largest meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events. It connects cities, rights holders, organising committees and other stakeholders in their quest for best practice in hosting major events. As a conference, exhibition, magazine and website, Host City brings together the international community of international sports, business and cultural events.
Whether you represent a city, a rights holder, organiser or other stakeholders, Host City presents opportunities to get involved in staging upcoming major events. Speakers of the very highest level discuss hosting in the new normal, environmental and social governance, digital transformation and international collaboration. VIP keynotes, panels, Q&A, presentations and interactive workshops will run alongside structured networking and exhibition activities.
FloraCulture International magazine, (FCI), is a publication specific to the international floricultural industry.
It is distributed directly to individuals and through FCI Partner Associations, (consisting mainly of growers, breeders, wholesalers, landscapers and some retail), on a bi-monthly basis from the Americas to Australasia in both printed and digital forms.
Our publishing organisation is the global horticultural Expo licencing body, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). This governing body has membership associations whose prime purpose is to champion the power of plants.
Each edition of FCI has thorough articles based upon a country from around the world and its specific horticultural industry. We write about themes in celebration of floriculture. These include propagation, breeding, substrates and sustainability; flower trials and auctions; process automation and horticultural machinery; packaging and plastic alternatives; cold chain logistics and transportation; biophilia and Green City planning.
Currently, 5,500 subscribers receive printed versions directly, and 100,000 welcome it digitally – and many more people see it online every day. FCI is delivered to 142 countries across the globe and features at many expos, and trades shows throughout the world.
In summary, FCI magazine, through its global reach, will enable your business to promote its brand and give visibility to your products in both new and existing target markets.
More and more specialisation in horticulture was one of the reasons for the creation of Pod Osłonami PL. It is devoted to the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants in greenhouses and foil tunnels, as well as issues related to the growing production of berry plants undercover.
Vegetable and floriculture specialities have a lot in common and they often interpenetrate in practice – for example in traditional farms growing in tunnels, where tomatoes or cucumbers are grown in the spring cycle and chrysanthemums in autumn. Also in modern farming, for example, vegetable and decorative novelties are promoted – such as pot tomatoes or mini-peppers with ornamental fruit intended for sale in garden centres. With the changing economic situation in horticulture, it is worth being open to any new products that allow you to exist and stay on the market.
I hope you will be interested in the articles presented on the Pod Osłonami PL website. Over time, they will be expanded with new sections, I will be grateful for your suggestions on the topics presented. Feel free to jointly create the content of the portal.
Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.
Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability. ICLEI’s CBC is in Cape Town, South Africa, embedded in the Africa Regional Office of ICLEI. We offer cities a broad portfolio of supportive services through our dedicated team of passionate, skilled, and dynamic biodiversity and urban development experts.
Through our ICLEI CBC programmes and initiatives, we seek local solutions and promote innovation to address the complex issues surrounding natural capital and the degradation of ecosystem services in a rapidly urbanizing world. The CBC recognizes the crucial role that cities and local governments play in the pursuit of a greener existence through efficiently integrating urban development and biodiversity management at the local level.
Biophilic Cities partners with cities, scholars and advocates from across the globe to build an understanding of the value and contribution of nature in cities to the lives of urban residents and to move these ideas forward as transformative projects and programs. As the central element of its work, Biophilic Cities facilitates a global network of partner cities, organizations and individuals working collectively to pursue the vision of a natureful city within their unique and diverse environments and cultures. The form of the Network engenders strong, long-term relationships among the participants that effectively move the ideas explored by the Network from a conceptual stage to implementation on-the-ground. Because of its emphasis on a strong foundation of team-building, the Network is unique among global organizations working in parallel, and often in partnership, with Biophilic Cities. The work of the Network has attracted significant coverage. Recently, the work of the Network was recognized as a recipient of a 2020 SHIFT Award for non-profit leadership.
Cities & Health has been established to support human and planetary health by sharing the latest international research and practice for urban health and health equity. Our mission is to provide practitioners, researchers and communities with a platform to share, discuss problems to shape solutions from a spatial planning, urban design and physical city governance perspective.
From climate change to the digital city, from city leadership to community resilience, cities all over the world are in transition. The journal covers a wide range of topics – but public health and the health of planetary systems needs to be at the heart of the research we publish.
The Nature of Cities is an international platform for transdisciplinary dialogue and urban solutions. We curate the sharing of diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. We are committed to the design and creation of better cities for all: cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just.
Trees for Cities is the only independent charity working on a global scale focussed entirely on planting urban trees, inspiring children to grow and eat good food and providing volunteering opportunities to bring local people together.
Our vision to plant trees in cities is global. However, we know the importance of a local focus – we empower and work with local people to strengthen their community. We are a game-changing, ambitious organisation that sets the standard for urban tree planting worldwide.
Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has over 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
ULI has over 4,000 members in Europe across 14 National Council country networks.