An Urban Biom as an Alternative to Sustainable City.

Justyna Kleszcz, Piotr Sobierajewicz


Using the idea of sustainability in terms of not having
any alternative forms of modern town planning gives a false
image of the only chance humanity has to overcome the problem
of urban withering. The paper in to show the idea of urban biom
/ urban polyspecific areas as a form of redeveloping cities in nonformal
and non- technical way, which is nowadays associated
mostly with the idea of sustainability – energy and water
efficiency, green technologies of the future and so on. Biom is a
new form of identifying green areas, not only as passive, but
mostly active form of urban development basing not only on flora
but also urban fauna, differing and depending on geographic
region in which the city is located. By leaving the idea of
programmed zoning of eco- cities a new kind of urban utility
zoning basing on the idea of biom is to be created.
The beginning of change can be defined by technological,
cultural, industrial, communication progress, which "liberated"
large city areas or supported them for the inhabitants. A
significant reduction of restricted zone area, excluded from use,
but also occurring rapidly transformations of socio - political
form, which are often the next stage of the industrial revolution
resulted in the need to formulate a new development policy of
those empty spaces that remain in the place of former functions.
Simultaneously one can observe differences in the modern
approach towards animals as a part of urban nature and the
independence of modern man from immediate animal work, but
also lack of having daily contact with them in various forms of
humans' separation from nature.


biom, biodiversity of the city, polyspecies area, animal - aided architecture and town planning, urban greenfields, sustainable urban development

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