In this project, emphasis is placed on vital soil life as a basis for urban biodiversity and healthy urban living. The aim is to improve the green, public spaces in Laakkwartier, The Hague.
SYLVA is working on three pilots with contrasting typologies: a park, a square and a street. In these places, the team is creating and analysing the symbiosis between soil organisms and trees as a starting point for better design of public spaces. 
Through the installation of an underground sensor and the use of rhizotron cameras, the team retrieves data on soil quality and the impact of the design interventions carried out. 
The comparative research with three pilots provides insight into how the subsurface should be designed within different contexts to form a vital base for green, public spaces. 
During the research, an online platform will be set up to promote knowledge exchange between municipalities, researchers and future users. 
The research and knowledge exchange will result in a handbook providing practical tools. As a result, the book can be used as a toolbox for new urban typologies in which vital soil is the starting point.
Project Data
Scope of study: South Holland, The Hague, Delft and Leiden
Public space design: Laakkwartier in The Hague

Research by design' supported by the Creative Industry NL 
Program framework: 'Building out of the Soil
This research contributes to the implementation of the Spatial Design Action Program 2021–2024



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