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Diverse Networks
Rotterdam - finalist
Rotterdam is very well connected by public transportation system which is formed by bus, metro, railway, tram and covers in total 634 km in length. In a biodiversity point of view, the network is a key point for conserving habitats: wildlife has to be free to reach ecological cores, the stepping stones, using connections. DIVERSE NETWORKS is based on a very simple question: Which is, in an urban environment, the most extended, existing network? Public transportation! DIVERSE NETWORKS propose to reuse, adapt and reinvent public transportation network to make them suitable for both humans and biodiversity. Intriguing new designs can be developed for flexible structures, like bus stops and metro stations which provide shelter for the passengers and forage conditions for birds. Street profiles can be smartly reimagined to be useful for busses and trams and in the same time highways for insects.