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Nature lover who finds excitement in exploring new cities, discovering new things and writing about sustainability. Also in eating ice-cream — ice-cream's good. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, running and walking in nature.

Bohemian Learning for Students: Sussex Roots

This group of students has decided to take matters – or shovels, to be precise – into their own hands. Students at the University of Sussex have established their own community garden, determined to get fresh air, learn new skills, create a stronger community, and add healthy, organic produce...

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Sustainable Building Meets Greenery

Gardens by the Bay: an award-winning green haven in the middle of Singapore. With its iconic architecture, innovative use of technologies, environmental sustainability, and horticultural displays, Singapore has established itself as one of our notable cities. As 2022 marks the Gardens 10th anniversary, we reached out to the project...

Bring Greenery Indoors: How to Green Your Home

There’s more to indoor plants than just succulents. With the following simple ways, you can enrichen your plain rooms with a little bit of nature. Whether a simple plant in a pot, or a more ambitious project of green walling, here are the ways to do it, advice to...

How to Finance Green Roofs

Let’s be honest, greening your home is never cheap. It may pay off in the long run, but in the short run, gathering all necessary financial means may present many a challenge. There are ways past this, though, and it doesn’t all have to come out of your own...

The Psychological Effects of Greenery on Modern City Dwellers

We may be modern individuals living in civilized cities, but we are still creatures of nature at heart. So, how does greenery play a part in our mental well-being? Why do we seem to decompress when in contact with vegetation? Why should we integrate wildlife into everyday city life?...

CityChanger Tony Matthews: With Passion for Cities and Climate Adaptation

From working in urban and environmental planning, producing shows about cities, to researching and teaching, Tony Matthews has positively impacted the field of urban climate adaptation in many ways. What follows are his reflections, achievements, lessons learnt, and advice for anyone willing to listen. Tony Matthews is an award-winning Urban...

Water & Data – the Modern Gold: Narjis Zehra

Narjis Zehra is a go-getter, a visionary, a people person, and definitely a Young Leader to keep an eye on. Despite being only 23 years old, coming from a place where people are fighting over the very thing needed for survival, she knows the trialling journey of overcoming obstacles...

Urban Biodiversity and the EU Taxonomy

It’s easy to forget we share our space in the city with other creatures. Either being small and almost invisible to the unobservant eye or being right there, planted in front of your front door – their importance is far more significant than they’re given credit for. The European...

Communicator and Collaborator: Andrew Amos

Great communication, determination, vision, curiosity, and eagerness to learn are all qualities that make up a good urban planner and a CityChanger. Qualities that this Young Leader possesses without a doubt. As an Urban Designer at ClarkeHopkinsClarke in Australia, Andrew Amos is passionate about finding solutions to the current climatic...

Green Is the New Black: How to Get Started

You want to start greening your city but don’t exactly know where to start or how to go about it? Well, lucky you! Below is a neat step-by-step guide to making your change-making path as smooth as possible. Follow the steps and your city will be green in no time! Step...

Useful Tools and Guides for Greening

If our articles have lit the fire for greening in you, we suggest getting even more information and details here! Find and collect all the needed knowledge, information, and guidance in this list of tools and guides for greening. We know, we know... there is so much information out there....

Multifunctional Roofs & How to Implement Them in Your City

You’ve heard of green roofs and the value they add to the overall city climate, appearance, and well-being. But what then is a multifunctional roof? And why does it matter which one you choose? In overpopulated cities, the need and desire for space is growing. Cities need vegetation, proper water...

The Challenge to Making Cities Greener

The thing about greenery is there’s more to it than just planting a bunch of trees. Peeking behind the scenes, a lot of urban planning, designing, technical research, and policy writing goes into realising each and every one of the projects. Find out what the most common challenges are,...

Architectural Design and Climate Mitigation & Adaptation

“It’s not just about water, not just about heat. It’s about humans and nature and how our cities function holistically and work together.” - Jeremy Anterola With cities becoming more populated and the growing demand for housing, many are still pushing the question of how continued urban development affects our...

How to Incorporate Greenery into Architecture

According to the European Commission, we spend 90% of our lives in enclosed buildings. That’s quite a lot, considering how much vegetation and the outdoors positively affect us. So, why don’t we simply incorporate greenery into the place where we spend most of our time? Elizaveta Fakirova, an expert...

Greenery: Facts & Figures

The basis for every city-changing venture is to do your research and to know your facts and data. For this very purpose, we have gathered the most important, surprising, or even uplifting ones in this list, sure to impress any know-it-all enthusiasts out there. Did You Know? Cities and Citizens vs....

Micro-Gardening in Dakar: Fighting Food and Climate Insecurity

In lands where proper growing soil is scarce, water supply is low, and food shortage is prevailing, cities need to resort to innovative means of obtaining the needed resources. The city of Dakar managed to do just that, and more: this Senegalese community transformed waste material into a food-growing,...

Flora Robotica: The Future of Growing Your Own House?

Let’s talk hypothetically – what if we had the ability to grow our own houses? Out of plants? No greenhouse gas emissions, no grey concrete, no building-material waste, no heat island effects. Wouldn’t it be amazing? Good news: a project working in this direction is already out there. But...