Picture: Stuttgarter Nachrichten
Living Green is not just an empty phrase for City of Stuttgart, Germany. The history goes back almost 150 years as the “Stuttgarter Verschönerungs Verein” was founded. A powerful Association with an authority comparing to today’s City Department of Parks and Recreation. Even during the Nazi-Time the Association was entirely independent and was able to protect historical buildings, Parks and to increase living green with new parks and living green recreational areas.
Based on this history it was no accident that Stuttgart is the pioneer of an unmatched progressive Green Roof program in the 1980’s and the City of Stuttgart is still the leader with the most Green Roofs in the world.
Just recently the City revised the Building regulations for the entire State Baden-Württemberg that every building owner has to implement more living green. A controversial discussed item in politics because some people understood that as forcing Green Infrastructure – but it was meant to inspire building owners to value Green Infrastructure as an investment for the future with related high savings for operational costs.
In an newspaper article of Stuttgarter Nachrichten the new building requirements are explained including the benefits for the local infrastructure and the lasts high demand for well trained and educated Landscape people.
I was very excited to see that they used a current picture of a Green Roof project I installed in 1999/2000.
This Green Roof is a demonstrating project at a landscape company and covers their truck parking. The depth of the Green Roof reaches between 4 inch to 12 inch – from Sedums, perennials, shrubs to trees that grow over 15 feet. Since it is on a roof the reflecting pond is rather shallow, has a water feature and is lit up at night to create a private out door space for the company owner. The City of Stuttgart, Germany is a place where ecology and economy is closer together than in any other place on Earth I know.
Picture: Jorg Breuning taken one year after installation