Besides initial parking spaces, the programme incorporates biotopes that especially focuses on a selection of urban challenges. These challenges are based on human consumption, human behaviour, building maintenance, building construction and urban growth. The biotopes work in parallel with our existing solutions, but rather than polluting and using energy the services they provide cascade into positive effects such as creating circularity, resilience, health benefits, CO2 reductions and habitat.
An example of these urban ecosystem services is using sparrows to collect cigarette buds rather than using cleaning personal or cleaning trucks. The cigarette buds contain nicotine which the sparrows use a pathogen remover in their nest – thus improving the survival rate of their offspring while they are cleaning the city. If we collected this waste fraction, we could furthermore explore how to reuse it as a low-cost insulating material creating a circular loop in our urban resource management.
The sparrows are part of the mountain biome – one of four biomes which the project is divided into. These biomes are inspired by the WWF ecoregions present in Norway. The scenario includes a Meadow Biome, a Marine Biome, a Mountain Biome and a Forest Biome.