For a period of six months, Growing Green Cities will be seamlessly integrated into Almere, offering visitors the chance to experience the world’s most innovative, green and health-conscious city district. As part of a team that includes MVRDV, the architects behind the spatial planning of Floriade, we are developing a testing ground for innovative systems in such areas as residual flows, water purification, mobility and food production.
Thought-provoking installations will explore sustainability and biodiversity. The expo is also living proof of the latter, containing the widest variety of plants and trees ever seen in a city district. The garden cities of the 1960s and ’70s may have been green, but they weren’t diverse. All the plants were the same; every building looked alike. The Floriade Expo represents the garden city 2.0. Built elements vary in function and expression, and each plot incorporates different plant species.