Preserving Our Biodiversity
City parks and green spaces represent important habitats and Vestre is investigating how we can increase biodiversity in urban spaces through smart furniture design and vegetation interventions. Introducing Vestre Habitats!
Stop the Loss of Global Biodiversity
A million animals, plants and fungi are now threatened with extinction. Biodiversity is vital for all life on Earth because it makes life as we know it possible. Natural diversity can be preserved through more knowledge and protection.
Nature Can Be Saved
We will work for a better understanding and greater awareness and reverse the negative trend through our contribution: Functional and smart designer furniture which protects natural processes, such as degradation in dead wood. An apparently lifeless log can hide a teeming universe of species and microscopic habitats.
Meet the Designers
At the end of 2019, Alexander Qual and René Hougaard contacted Vestre, independently of each other. Both had the same approach and the same basic idea—to develop outdoor furniture to increase biodiversity in urban spaces. Their initiative, inventiveness and close collaboration has led to the start of a new and exciting furniture series for Vestre — Vestre Habitats.
Rethink is a future-oriented design studio which develops and builds relevant and clear brands. They work broadly and develop strong, innovative concepts and solutions for a positive and sustainable future. The Rethink studio offers a wide range of services within design, product development, brand-building and strategic communication.
ARDE has decided to make a difference and engage our competences to design projects and products that supports circular thinking and sustainable development. Today working in the exciting intersection between nature, architecture and product design ARDE plays a leading role to create in creating change.
Experience the Products
At Vestre, we have always put the user at the heart of the process when we design and develop new furniture solutions. During our testing process, we investigate whether we have succeeded in creating attractive and safe homes for thousands of new and diverse residents: Fungi, insects, bacteria, bugs and birds that nest in cavities. All are welcome!
1Bergen botanical garden, Norway
2The Plus, Magnor, Norway
3Bygdø Royal Farm, Norway
4Paradise Bay, Norway
5Ege Carpets - coming 2022/2023, Denmark
Five challenges where Vestre Habitats can help to make a difference:
We are probably heading for the sixth mass extinction of natural/biological diversity in the history of life on Earth. More areas which make room for biodiversity are needed.
A high biodiversity is dependent on varied areas. Urban areas can contribute to this by letting nature be nature and by giving plants, animals and fungi the time and space they need to complete their entire life-cycle.
If we are to take care of nature, we must realise that we live in it, and we must learn about it. People must also learn that nature is small, disordered and in the process of breaking down.
Many groups of insects are in decline as a result of a lack of habitats and food. Two key reasons behind this are the decline in diverse cultural landscapes and dead timber.
If we are to prevent a sixth mass extinction, we must have greater awareness, engagement and alternative courses of action. Vestre Habitats represents the start of a long-term process to safeguard biodiversity both in the local neighbourhood and in urban spaces more generally.
Vestre Habitats is about learning and applying research-based knowledge in practice. Two specialist consultants assist us in the development of our design concepts:
Lene Liebe Delsett
Lene has a PhD in Palaeontology and is a researcher in the evolution of large marine vertebrates. She has been active in the Norwegian environmental movement for many years and is now centre coordinator at the Centre for Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene at the University of Oslo. In 2021, she published a book entitled "Brennmaneteffekten – Hvordan går det med den norske naturen?" (The lion's mane jellyfish effect: What is happening to Norwegian nature?)
Biologist with a PhD and specialism in mapping the value of nature for society. For many years, I have lived and conducted research in a range of subject areas, including nature and sustainable forestry in Africa. Since 2019, I have been living in Denmark, where I founded and now run my business called Vildskab, which works on design and biodiversity in urban spaces.
Did you know…?
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…forests are home to more than 80 percent of all Biodiversity.
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…of the over 80,000 tree species, less than 1 percent have been studied for potential use.
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...micro-organisms and invertebrates are key to ecosystem services, but their contributions are still poorly known and rarely acknowledge.
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…no fewer than 80 percent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant-based medicines for basic healthcare.
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…one million species are at risk of extinction by 2050.
Our Common Task Plan
The UN's sustainability goals are the world's common work plan. Vestre Habitats are based on goals 15 Life on land and 11 Sustainable cities and communities.
Discover Vestre's Sustainability Report.