More than a green oasis. This concept shows how forgotten spaces in the city can be optimized into multi-functional pocket parks where flora, fauna and humans can thrive in equal measure.
White has come up with a new concept to introduce micro-sized pocket parks into the city. As well as providing a green oasis where city residents can relax, the pocket parks will regenerate the city itself, providing a variety of benefits to the local ecosystem, including purifying the air and water, and reducing noise levels.
Pocket parks already exist in several big cities around the world. They are often created on vacant building plots and in overlooked spaces in urban settlements, improving the quality of life there. Our concept takes the proposition of a pocket park further by integrating ecological elements in a unique way, creating a place where flora, fauna and humans can thrive in equal measure.
Measuring only 13m x 15m this pocket park contains:
– green walls which act as acoustic buffers to noise pollution, as well as absorbing pollutants from the air;
– a surface water pond to purify precipitation;
– lamp posts clad with nesting boxes to attract birds;
– beehives for bees to thrive, producing honey and pollinating the area’s plants.
As well as providing pleasurable spaces for people to meet and rest, the park can provide information on how to take the horticultural ideas on display and repurpose them at home on balconies, gardens or courtyards. One of the features will be a seed exchange for users to trade seeds, promoting social connections and maintaining plant biodiversity.
With the pocket park some of the city’s smallest and most vulnerable residents, the bees and the birds, will be able to enjoy the same space as the city’s humans. Through a favourable microclimate, a rich plant and animal life and frequent events, the parks will be inviting spaces that extend the park season and become natural meeting places all year round.
- Project Start/End: 2014-2014
- Completed: 2015
- City: Stockholm
- Photographer/Illustrator: White View
- Erik Kiltorp
- Kristina Philipson
- Mats Holmberg