Forest City Rendezvous

Kruf, J.P. (2019). Forest, City, Rendezvous. Pantone® Forest Green 17-0230 TPG.

Red en green are complementary colours. Opposites in many ways. In our approach of the city as an ecosystem, we use this complementarity to understand and underline the present and existing contradiction between man and nature. One, the colour red, stands for the city in all its traditional urbanity. The other, the colour green, stands for nature.

In fact it is about the city-nature rendezvous. We have chosen for the metaphorical strong and tangible colour Pantone® Forest Green 17-0230 TPG.

There are many talks and concrete ideas to bring them together, link them in a sustainable approach of energy and climate, not only to approve the liveability of our cities but also for the sake nature itself and all colleague species in it. At the end of it, there is no other way. The plans and decisions by and for city of Madrid are a good example how a city reflects on its own state of resilience. The conclusion was, it is bad and it has to improve. This is a first start, the reforestation of the wastelands.

El Ayuntamiento de Madrid va a poner en marcha un plan para la reforestación de los descampados de las circunvalaciones. Serán más de 34000 árboles. La medida tiene como objetivo ampliar los espacios verdes dentro de la estrategia de sostenibilidad para contribuir a la mejora de la calidad del aire de la capital. – Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

There is this growing insight of biocentrism – Madrid is a good example – and the conviction that man and nature need to align and come together (again). Madrid has accepted the necessity and the challenge to protect its citizens, in fact its city. Nature and city, forest and men. It is a crucial connection. In Madrid the forest has a planned rendezvous with the city. It is an inspiration for a new start for a re-connection. A true rendezvous would be great.