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Newsletter on “Biodiversity and city planning” – A-Side / 6 July 2020


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Building Beyond


21.09 – 02.10

Leonard looks forward to seeing you at Leonard:Paris and online for a series of conferences, workshops and networking opportunities, at our third Building Beyond festival, which will focus on :  

“The jobs of the future in cities and regions” 

Vertical farmers, builders 4.0, garbology experts, survival coaches, mobility designers and traffic-regulation architects are a few of the profiles that cities and regions are already hiring! This Festival will take a closer look at the future of our jobs and their impact on urban areas.

There are about 20 conversations by 100 speakers on the programme. And stay tuned: we will be unveiling the details all summer long!


The A-Side 

Biodiversity and city planning

Just like good old vinyl records, our newsletters now have two sides: the A-Side provides a choice of articles revolving around a central theme that is changing the way we design, build and operate cities and infrastructure — and the B-Side provides suggestions for further reading on the same topic. 

Surreptitiously, nature has started building nests in the middle of cities. In the bigger picture, we are looking at a worldwide paradigm shift, which is reshaping the way we relate to the environment and the services we receive from the diversity of living systems in it.



Urban biodiversity : 7 questions for Isabelle Spiegel (VINCI) and Philippe Clergeau (MNHN)

In this much-anticipated conversation between two biodiversity trailblazers, VINCI’s Global Head of Environment Isabelle Spiegel and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle professor Philippe Clergeau look beyond greening cities and talk about why we should start seeing cities as systems.



Solutions to turn cities into ecosystems

Nature was long relegated to the sidelines in urban areas. The environmental challenges have pulled it back to the centre of the stage and turned it into an ally. We shine the spotlight on the services that it provides in cities – even though we can’t always see them.


Retour d'expérience

Urban biodiversity : initiatives that are paving the way in Europe

They are spreading in many places – including Berlin, London, Brittany and Basel. Some of them are surprising, most of them positive.



Our selection of innovative businesses #17

DroneBase raises $7.5 million to expand its infrastructure inspection services using drones into the renewable energies market. 
HeadLight attracts an additional $25 million to help it deploy its photo-based inspection technology for worksites.
Volkswagen invests another $200 million in QuantumScape, a startup specialised in solid-state battery production for electric vehicles.

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