Green Infrastructure Design Charrette
Making the Case for Green Infrastructure Investment in Your Community
We need to be able to envision a greener and healthier future for our communities and understand the cost and benefits of implementation. The Green Infrastructure Design Charrette is designed to help community leaders to examine how living green infrastructure investment might work on the streets, roofs and walls of their own communities. Living green infrastructure is all too often taken for granted, or not even factored in to the development and redevelopment of communities. London, Oshawa, Vaughan, Toronto, Mississauaga, Brampton
The program consists of the following elements:
- Organizing a one day Green Infrastructure Design Charrette with multi-disciplinary volunteers to redesign specific neighbourhoods in need, with fifteen generic types of green infrastructure as their tools.
- Customization of a Cost-Benefit Matrix of values to be tailored to your community and to be used to generate aggregate level financial analysis of the proposed designs emerging from the charrette process.
- Production of a final report that combines images of the redesigned neighbourhoods with customized cost-benefit valuations in order to encourage policy and program changes that will lead to better implementation.
The program works to achieve the aforementioned elements, while educating participants about the benefits of green infrastructure. The program allows for a lively discussion about city building and solving complex issues regarding the urban fabric through green infrastructure, while forcing participants to leave their professional ‘silos’.
So far the Charrette program has been hosted in six Ontario municipalities:
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