In Lisbon yellow is the new green — and there’s no harm in that


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  • Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021

In Lisbon, the concept of a green city is being challenged, even as regards the perception of the colour itself. — Photos: Rita Ansone/Mensagem de Lisboa

A green city, full of well-watered and neatly trimmed lawns – the image we have come to associate with the quality of what is green in the city may be all wrong. Lawns come at a heavy price: costs and environmental consequences. Maintaining lawns requires intense water use, a scarce resource in a southern country, the proper management of which is particularly important in dry months, such as summer in the Portuguese capital.

In Lisbon, the concept of a green city is being challenged, even as regards the perception of the colour itself. Meadows are replacing lawns. Is the green in the city really green? Perhaps you need to readjust your vision and to rethink: perhaps “green” isn’t exactly “green”, in the ecological and sustainable sense of the word.

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