With love, on January 25th we presented the City Lights collection by Ritaflowers.
We want to increase awareness about the need for a greener city and the implications of the lack of nature and green areas.
At the event amongst other things Ritaflowers’ new designs were shown, the photographical material was exhibited, the videos were projected, Dr. Adrian Wenban, principal of Barcelona College of Chiropractic gave a talk on the influence of nature on our body and mind, DJ Yohitsound turned this come together into a party with drinks for everyone.
The attendees could see and touch the new designs of headdresses and crowns. We spoke about all the secrets of the designs and talked about the background of this new collection. It was a demonstration of what beautiful results can be obtained without using flowers, but instead with branches, dried leaves, stems, lichens and different types of spikes.
I loved meeting so many people, some of them I only knew until then via Internet. Thank you so much for coming and for sharing your opinions with us!
The three hours of the event flew by! Everybody’s response was so positive that we are planning to repeat this project in another city in order to meet all those who could not come to Barcelona.
Cities must become greener. We all know the benefits:
- It reduces pollution and lowers the temperature.
- It relaxes our sensory system and helps concentrating
- It reduces the acoustic impact and improves social harmony
- It provides fresh air, necessary for daytime and annual rhythms
- Green areas are the main habitat of urban plants and animals
With this project we want to raise awareness about the need for a greener city. Half of the planted trees of the city die in their first year.
Humans are not separated from nature, we form part of it. We need more flowers in our present lives if we want to have a future.
Flowers are the city’s lights.
“According the stars, we are the shooting ones”.
Why City Lights
The importance of green areas
• If they are not established as large paved areas, gravelled areas, wellflared greens and isolated individual trees, the green areas could containa remarkably rich biodiversity. These are the main habitats of plants and urban animals (birds and mammals).
• They help increase environmental awareness among citizens. The green areas for many of the citizens are the only opportunity to be in daily contact with nature.
• Trees collaborate in the interception of polluting particles and emission of volatile organic compounds that help produce ozone.
• Trees absorb water vapour and give shade: They help in lowering air temperature and consequently help reduce energy consumption in buildings and reduce the emission of pollutants from energy-generating facilities.
• They reduce the landscape and acoustic impact.
• They relax the sensory system of humans, they help concentration.
• They provide humans with fresh air and sunlight needed for day and
• Community landscaping and gardening succeed in densely populated neighborhoods in the interior of the city: urban forestry has to involve the local population in the elaboration of policy, planning and management, so that people are satisfied with their participation and show more respect for green areas and urban parks.
• Growing interest in urban environmental problems is likely to mean a significant increase in parks and green areas in the coming decades.
Threats to The Green Areas
•The percentage of the population living in urban areas has been increasing steadily since 1950. Lack of space in cities causes green areas to be used to build buildings.
• Roads and traffic facilities isolate some green areas from each other and reduce their size as well as their diversity in flora and fauna.
• In the city, the conditions for vegetation development are much worse than in rural conditions: The ground is rougher (soils containing waste products, abandoned by the construction industry, may lack nutrients and are often compacted, without air) and the air is more polluted.
• Shading conditions, wear and tear caused by recreational users, etc.
• Human vandalism.
• In some cities, 50% of the trees planted in an urban environment die in the first year.
Green area and free space area indicator on urban
soil per inhabitant [SV/inhab]
This indicator measures the extent of green areas and free spaces (SV) and the relationship with the number of inhabitants. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that cities have a minimum of 10 to 15 sqm of useful green area per capita. But he advises that cities should be between 15 and 20 sqm.
The proportion of green areas varies widely in other European urban areas. From more than 60% of the area of Bratislava, (Slovakia), to 5% in Madrid.
Mexico City 1.94 sqm/inhabit (Benavides Meza, 1992).
Copenhagen 43 sqm/inhabitant 48 street trees/km of municipal road and one public recreation camp for every 459 children (Juul, 1995).
In Catalonia there are a total of 947 municipalities. Of these, 460 (49%) have more than 1,000 inhabitants. And of these 460 municipalities, almost 20% have a deficit of green areas (17%). 23 municipalities have more than 50,000 inhabitants. And of these, 9 have green areas for inhabitants less than 10 sqm/inhab.
The rest meets the minimum recommended value according to the WHO: 5 municipalities between 10 and 15 sqmSv/inhab; 4 municipalities between 15 and 20 sqmSV/hab and 3 municipalities exceed 20.
Girona (27) and Sant Cugat (34) are the cities with more sqm of green areas per inhabitant.
• http://territori.gencat.cat/es/06_territori_i_urbanisme/observatori_territori /assentaments_urbans/sistemes/zones_verdes/