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Dr Benz Kotzen, Leader of Sustainable Landscapes Research Group, University of Greenwich
Dr Benz Kotzen is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 25 years experience in the field. He is Sustainable Landscape Research Group Leader in the Department of Architecture and Landscape, University of Greenwich and has been teaching landscape design for over 15 years at the University. Benz’s expertise includes environmental noise particularly related to landscape design and he has written two books on the subject. Other fields of research include afocus on dry and arid lands, the combat of desertification and in particular restoration techniques through planting. Micro landscape manipulation, plant choice and water supply play a big part in designing appropriate solutions and this focus on water extends into research into the ‘green cities agenda’ with green roofs and living walls as well as aquaponics as a part of urban agriculture. Benz is Chair of two EU funded projects, COST Action ES1104 on the combat of desertification and restoration in drylands and COST Action FA1305 on EU aquaponics. Benz has led the establishment of the University of Greenwich Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre which will become a leading focus for research and education in creating sustainable ‘green’ solutions for the 21st century.