Tired old Łódź square to get glamorous green facelift
A square in Łódź is to be transformed into a green space where residents and visitors can take a break from city life, surrounded by trees and other foliage.
More and more cities are incorporating greenery into their landscapes, not just in the form of traditional parks, but also on squares, smaller infrastructure such as bus stops and in the form of urban gardens.
As well as looking good, plants can help reduce air pollution and the urban heat created by the concentration of human activity in the city.
In Poland, there has been an increase in initiatives aiming to increase urban greenery, from letting wildflowers grow to larger transformation projects.
This is the case in the city of Łódź, in central Poland, where a major square, Freedom Square (Plac Wolności), is getting a green facelift.
The octagonal square, with a statue of Polish army officer Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746-1817) – who is known for his role in the American Revolution – at its centre is encircled by a road with cars and trams.
The only plants on it are too low to provide shade.
Now the city is transforming it into a place where people will be able to bring a blanket and sit on the grass under a tree and read, or spend time with family and friends.
“Freedom Square is unique because of its shape, but also because there are few people here. A function of city squares is that people should meet here, that they should want to come here,” said architect Małgorzata Borys, one of the people behind the project.
In addition to grass and bushes, the transformation will include planting over 60 trees, which will already be around metres high when they are planted – a major change.
As well as welcoming visitors on an everyday basis, the renovated square will be able to host events such as seasonal markets, with temporary stalls.
The square is expected to be ready in spring 2023. A tender for the construction work will be announced after the architects finalise the details of the square’s design.