Soils under pressure: Practical Guidelines for soil-inclusive urban development

M.S. Bonu, M. Stuiver

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In recent years, the growing significance of soil in urban development has become evident. However, soil faces significant pressure, especially due to pressure from urbanisation, climate change, and biodiversity loss. Despite available information on soil benefits, strategies to enhance soil health and quality in urban development remain limited. This article presents practical guidelines spanning the design, construction, and maintenance phases of urban development. These guidelines encompass comprehensive soil analysis, integrating soil systems, water buffering, water and air penetration, construction practices, nutrient cycling, underground preservation, and biodiversity promotion. The collective implementation of the strategies in this guideline will enhances urban soil health and optimise associated benefits.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTopos : periodiek over landschapsarchitectuur, ruimtelijke planning en sociaal-ruimtelijke analyse
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023


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