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Green space in compact cities: the benefits and values of urban ecosystem services in planning

Jansson, Märit (2014). Green space in compact cities: the benefits and values of urban ecosystem services in planning. The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. 26:2, 139-160
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Abstract

This paper presents a literature review on urban green space benefits and values and discusses green space qualities that are important in providing ecosystem services for sustainability of compact cities. Green spaces and elements provide many functions, services and benefits which are needed for the sustainable development of urban areas, as shown in numerous research studies. However, there is often a gap between the research findings on urban ecosystem services and urban planning processes, with green spaces risking being undervalued in compact cities. Two possible reasons for this gap are discussed in this paper: lack of compiled knowledge of the number and extent of ecosystem services provided by urban green space and the need for descriptions of valuable green space qualities including properties and potentials. Previous studies on urban green spaces and their contribution to economic, health, quality of life and ecological benefits in compact cities are reviewed and described. Analysis of the literature indicates that sustainable compact cities can be expected to need green spaces which are close to people, coherent and of sufficient size, varied and well-maintained and where people can engage in development. Such aspects can be increasingly considered in planning practice.

Authors/Creators:Jansson, Märit
Title:Green space in compact cities: the benefits and values of urban ecosystem services in planning
Series/Journal:The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (1893-5281)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:26
Number:2
Page range:139-160
Publisher:The Nordic Association of Architectural Research
ISSN:1893-5281
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E14 Development economics and policies
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 201 Civil Engineering > Other Civil Engineering
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Agrovoc terms:urban environment, ecosystem services, planning
Keywords:compact city, densification, ecosystem services, green values, planning, urban green space
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2828
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2828
ID Code:12463
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: Dr Märit Jansson
Deposited On:06 Aug 2015 08:37
Metadata Last Modified:07 Aug 2015 07:55

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