Serbia: Green Cities Tour a success
Serbian and Dutch experts met in the Netherlands to exchange ideas and visit sites with solutions that can inspire the next wave of urban greening in Serbia
This week, urban planning experts and decision makers from around Serbia visited the Netherlands for a week of knowledge exchange and tours about urban greening solutions. During the five-day visit, participants got a taste of what the Netherlands has to offer in terms of green urban solutions, from green roofs to the transformation of train tracks into a linear park in in the Oosterspoorbaan Park in Utrecht.
The Green Cities visit was organized by Green Cities Serbia, a public-private partnership project from the Netherlands in which the government and state of the companies providing sustainable urban solutions have joined forces to help the Serbian counterparts make the transition that will lead to more livable and enjoyable cities.
Starting off in Amsterdam, the Serbia delegation got to see a smart roofing project, helping to address flooding and heat stress in urban areas. In Tilburg the transformation of an old railway yard was a perfect example how a run-down industrial area can be turned transformed into a community-driven urban green area.
The redesign of the old Philips industrial site in Eindhoven provided inspiration for possible solutions for Serbian cities on how old industrial quarters could be given new life and energy with innovative solutions, attracting digital and creative start-ups, retaining historical flare, and creating affordable housing solutions using the latest design and sustainability principles.
A visit to Floriade was certainly the highlight of the trip. At this unique horticultural expo that takes place only once in a decade, renowned architect Niek Rozen gave a personal introduction to the design of the Expo grounds - a 60-hectare greenfield development that will serve as the basis for a brand new urban quarter of Almere. The theme “Growing Green Cities” was a perfect match to the study visit’s mission and resulted in many transferable ideas in urban design and sustainable urban solutions.
The study visit will be followed up by numerous workshops and trainings in Serbia, all organized in the context of the Green Cities Serbia Project.
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