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Green space management & residents’ benefits

study of swedish rental multi-family housing areas

Lindgren, Therese (2010). Green space management & residents’ benefits. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2010:95
ISBN 978-91-576-7540-8
[Doctoral thesis]

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Management of green spaces in rental multi-family housing areas is discussed in a Swedish context and the benefits of maintenance for residents examined in this thesis. In Sweden, these green spaces are an important part of the urban green structure and the housing companies who manage these spaces are important green space providers. However, the management and maintenance of such green spaces and its benefits for residents seldom receive attention in research. The residents’ perspective is the main interest here, since they are to benefit from maintenance. The perspective of the providers (housing staff) is also included, because of their influence through provision on residents’ experiences. Taking an ex-plorative and mainly qualitative approach, two empirical studies were conducted using interviews as the main method of collecting data. In a case study of three rental and multi-family housing areas, 27 residents and 13 housing staff were interviewed regarding their experience of the maintenance of green space and their views on maintenance provision respectively. In a telephone survey of 30 municipal housing companies, housing staff were asked how they organised maintenance of green spaces and what motivated that choice. The case study identified several benefits of green space maintenance for residents and three were further explored: (1) green space being ‘well-kept’ (2) the housing area being safe and (3) a just distribution of maintenance. The results showed that several elements of maintenance and the social context, such as views of maintenance staff and of other residents, contribute to residents’ experience of these bene-fits. Views of well-kept green space were for example not simply about technical quality but e.g. the image of maintenance staff and their efforts was also considered. There is consequently a need to widen the technical discussion about how to manage and maintain green spaces.

Authors/Creators:Lindgren, Therese
Title:Green space management & residents’ benefits
Subtitle:study of swedish rental multi-family housing areas
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2010
Number of Pages:95
ALLI Lindgren, T. and Persson B. What is ‘well-kept’ residential green space? – A study of residents’ and housing staffs’ views in Swedish multi-family housing areas (Manuscript). II Lindgren, T. and Nilsen, M. Safety in multi-family housing areas (Submitted to Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie). III Lindgren, T. Justice as a principle for the distribution of open space maintenance – the conceptions of housing staff and residents (Accepted by Journal of Housing and the Built Environment). IV Lindgren, T. and Castell, P. (2008) Open space management in resi-dential areas – how it is organised and why. International Journal of Strategic Property Management 12, 141-16. Available from http://www.ijspm.vgtu.lt. Paper III and IV are reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7540-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:housing, cooperatives, public opinion, green belts, management, maintenance
Keywords:management, maintenance, green space, rental housing, multi-family housing, residents, experience, benefit, housing staff, well-kept, safety, order, justice, Sweden
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ID Code:2411
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Management, Design, and Construction (until 121231)
Deposited By: Therese Lindgren
Deposited On:23 Nov 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:18

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