This article is the first in a series based on the project, ‘HULL GREEN AND BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE’ produced by MARJAN MASOUDI as part of a taught module on the MA LANDSCAPE + URBANISM here at Kingston University. This first section focuses on the initial project development carried out by Marjan using data and information from desk top research and on-site specific observations and research.
Marjan’s proposal recognises the value and benefits of green and blue infrastructure to local communities and the impact of them on Hull city as a place to live, work and visit. Here, Marjan sees his proposed Hull city green and blue infrastructure as being influential on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues. The Accessible Natural Green Space Standard (ANGSt) recommends that everyone should have accessible natural green space of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 meters from home.
Ref: Thompson, Guy(2010), Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Green space Guidance, London: Natural England
“As the oceans warm, sea-levels expand. This has been the primary contributor to the historic sea-level rise which has recently accelerated from around 1.7mm per year over the 20th century to 3mm since the 1990s. The effect of an Antarctic or Greenland Ice-Sheet melt would be catastrophic and cause a much faster rise in sea-level. The recently published United Kingdom Climate Projections 09 (UKCP09) forecasts a range up to 76cm by 2095.”
Ref: (Environment Agency United Kingdom, 2010, p.12) http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/
Marjan states, “With a history as a trade port, Hull faced an uncertain situation after the Second World War. This is why sustainable development is so important to the town, as it will attract tourists to the city. Proposed water activities and sheltering spaces are located nearby Hull Marina, within walking distance of the city centre and are easily accessible from national railway station. As flood control is an essential part of the proposal, the wetland along the waterfront provides flood defense which affects soil structure and erosion and controls river sediment and filters water and storm-water runoff as well as increases ecological diversity over time as wetland develop.”
Further extracts from this project will be posted over the next few weeks.