For one of our research projects we are investigating the characteristics and benefits of green infrastructure.
A Green Infrastructure is an ecological framework that has not only environmental benefits, but social and economic as well. It promotes biodiversity and provides flood protection. It also includes stormwater management systems that prevent runoff discharge through vegetative islands. The street that relies on sustainable stormwater management is referred to a Green Street: it mimics nature as it follows natural systems to manage flood and reduces pollution.
Following these ideas, the Green Alley Program started out in Chicago as a research project in 2006. It targets abandoned alleyways, challenges the conventional drainage system and replaces it with sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS). Some of the images below represent the application of Green Alleys:
In case you are interested in this research, please do not hesitate in contacting us!