GreenMagnets' Places (GM'Places) are inspired by the oldest perception of mankind - 'The Place' or 'Genius Loci', as
characteristic spatial micro environments surround us. To stimulate attraction and awareness from nearby and faraway, GM'Places have been missed as most direct media to communicate sustainable understanding and solutions between cities and rural areas anywhere in the world. To ensure exchange foundation, practical orientation and inclusive understanding, they form basis of the GreenMagnets'Tools, with 3 core features:
(nature & human)
In real physical environments, green and grey economies co-exist, mediating understanding between people and different physical, social-economic environments. GM'Places are also Circular Micro Environments (CME) when green economies visibly grow. This is crucial to build up personal interests and co-benefits via GM'Places in any world regions.
GM'Places could be discovered and recorded by individuals and entities through real experiences, or recollected from the world's space networks and featured best practices.
It means that everyone - environmental professionals, politicians, policymakers, planners, student, researchers, practitioners or business people etc. - could be involved with their GreenMagnets'. Prioritizing personal experiences, the images of GM'Places might not be the best award-winning pictures, but have sufficient qualities to reflect unique roots, solutions and opportunities of related spatial and functional surrounding.
GreenMagnets'Tools are Exchange Interfaces about discovering solutions of eco-effective, attractive and healthy daily environments (Circular Micro Environments CME), supporting regional policies and programs for green-circular economy, climate actions, carbon neutrality finance. These accelerate various global green development mandates under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to co-create Sustainable Investments, Developments and Cooperations for Growth, Jobs and Prosperities.
The data of GreenMagnets'Places are being discovered and collected by individuals and collective bodies. The rising collection will become open source in the future with collective and individual contributions -- GreenMagnets'Source.
GreenMagnets'Places 240+ and Growing
Growing individual and institutions are providing GreenMagnets’ micro environments which they are familiar with, incl. those from Creative Commons. Nov. 2013 - Oct. 2016, GreenMagnets’ have found data of ca. 240 GreenMagnets’ micro environments in all continents with human habitats.Full of green, magnets and health, they include 20 countries, 59 cities/towns.
Before a test site will be launched, part of the collection can be seen through social media: www.pinterest.com/greenmag
In the testing phase, part of the GreenMagnets' Place collection are for demonstration.
Luxembourg Old City, old quarters and fortifications built on rocks, UNESCO World Heritage site.
French Boulevard with wide pedestrian walkways, squares and accompanying plane trees in the city centre.
Various water leisure ways unite human and nature needs, protecting water resilience and eco systems in the excellent Delta National Park near Dordrecht.
Low mountains along the well-known Rhein section accompanies diverse medieval castles and houses, terraced farms and forest.
Nan Luo Gu Lane, ancient Hutong Quarter of Beijing with cyclers and growing car traffic. Old trees were planted originally by residents.
City central zone permanently freed from car traffic by the pedestrian zone policy, get people healthier, urban quarters more cohesive and socialized in multiple ways.
Photographed by a Dutch tourist, the old roundabout garden was still in the 1980’s at Xinjiekou Area in the heart of the city.
Spitalfields Arts Market, an artcraft market, London’s favorite meeting place in the Grunderzeit quarter.
Ancient City Wall as Green Hill serves as green sporting and strolling hill, where people meet and enjoy.
Biking in the morning light on Waibaidu Bridge at intercross of Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek
Both relaxing and breathtaking scenes with old and new yacht harbours and waterside quarters are for strollers on water and land. Central Waterfront.
Southbank Parkland is a growing and changing waterfront play paradise along Hudson River, which attract many day retreaters to jog and stroll.
Urban water traffic with mooring place for tourist cruises and private boats at Amstel River.
As part of Katse Dam project in 90’s, Katse Botanical Garden was created to upscale biodiversity of indigenous plants, thus mitigates climate change impacts.
Built on the steeping Rich Valley through colonial era and gold mining, the city’s heritage left “creative talents of a society”, which flourish historic-eco-tourism today.
Binnenhof Palace and Hofvijver Pond, monument with urban lake, islets and nature reserve is also the location of first settlement of the city.
Unique Bregenz Lakeside Promenade at Bodenzee also hosts the beloved yearly international music theatre festival with water fantastic scenography.
Woudagemaal is the largest existing steam-driven pumping station in the world, surrrounded by rich water recreational routes, UNESCO World Heritage.
A lumber company lumbers the tropical rainforest trees which became underwater, which prove better quality than the living trees in the forest.
Yearly traditional sailboat competition Skutsjesilen in safeguards Friesian Lakes and attracts European sailboat and nature lovers.
Imbedded lemon gardens characterize its growing city in Europe, GIAHS World Agricultural Heritage site.
Arboretum De Kolonie was created from an old farm for homeless people, which attracts many plant lovers by its plant species including flowers, bamboo and fruit trees.
Eco School De Kariboe give children breakout time to play and work, to learn the richness of nature, take distance to books and communicate with each other.
Open-roofed courtyard as naturally ventilated living space in an old merchant mansion, dating from the era of Sea Silk Road in Ming Dynasty.
Mounts Botanical Garden with several characteristic garden zones, which are set to learn rain gardening with local woody plants and floral diversity.
Chimpanzee habitat in a village setting attracts international eco volunteers to local communities of a savannah environment (nature-based solutions).
Public performance interacting dance and calligraphy on the roof terrace of Aurora Museum along the Huangpu River, Lujiazui Financial District.
Park Güell, a historical Park and urban oasis, developed with iconic regional landscape design, local materials (Antonio Gaudi) and diverse native and exotic plantation.