30 Sep 2021
On Thurs, 30 Sep 2021 | 15:00 CET via Zoom, with Philippe Lagnon, a municipal administrator from Longvic, a town of just over 8,000 inhabitants in the Dijon Metropolis in France’s Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. Register for the Zoom link.
- Philippe shall share with us the story and fascinating legacy of Longvic’s first eco-neighborhood, which was introduced in 2008. The eco-neighborhood includes a variety of nature-based solutions, including bioswales, green roofs, recreational spaces that include water features for children, and the beginning of an urban green-blue grid within the wider area serving as a wildlife corridor and enhancing the biodiversity).
- In addition to the technical performance of the NBS functions (e.g., proven flood-risk reduction after storm events in the 2010s), the eco-neighborhood’s green space answered the need for citizens’ access to nature and sought to strengthen social cohesion, not only providing needed recreational spaces for the eco-neighborhood’s mixed-income residents but proving popular with residents from the surrounding communities.
- Philippe Chagnon will share with us how Longvic’s eco-neighborhood was implemented (including the participatory-design process from surveys of residents from the site’s surrounding neighborhoods — as this was a greenfield site in 2008, there were no existing residents to directly involve), the reactions of the eco-neighborhood’s residents and its neighboring communities to the green space upon completion, and how the popularity of the project’s amenities and legacy influenced subsequent initiatives.
- The interconnections between the social and environmental aspirations are at the core of this project, with components of the eco-neighborhood’s nature-based solutions becoming a matter de rigueur for subsequent programmes and initiatives of Langvoc and beyond.