How the demand for green space is transforming development

Explore how the demand for access to green space is transforming new development in the city.

For many city dwellers, where space is limited and at a premium, the idea of having a garden is a non-starter. But with increasing demand for green space in urban areas, there is now a call for developers to get creative when designing new homes.

One of the major challenges facing cities is how to accommodate a growth in population and the consequent increase in densely populated urban centres, while still providing a pleasant and attractive living environment that supports wellbeing.

Landscaped podiums and roof terraces

New developments in city centres are increasingly responding to this issue by providing roof top garden space or communal podium gardens within the scheme itself. These allow residents to enjoy the luxury and many benefits of green space without sacrificing a city centre lifestyle. Landscape podiums and roof terraces have now become so popular that they feature in almost every new development.

Government initiatives such as Biodiversity Net Gain and the Urban Greening Factor have been influential in the widespread take-up of these elevated landscapes. As 68% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050, buildings will continue to play an increasingly important role in shaping sustainable communities and lifestyles.

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Here are some great examples of urban greening.