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Improving Community Health and Wellbeing through Multi-functional Green Infrastructure in Cities Undergoing Densification

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posted on 22.11.2020, 06:27 by Bruno MarquesBruno Marques, jacqueline McIntosh, victoria Chanse
Evidence shows that maintaining a relationship with nature is essential for human health and wellbeing. This is of great importance when migration to urban areas is increasing globally and the need for nature as well as green and blue spaces as a source of recreation and relaxation is highly regarded for the health and wellbeing of local communities. Sustainable urban development and alternative design solutions to address urban compactness and densification are becoming increasingly important tools to counteract the adverse effects of urban sprawl. In the context of the highly compact bicultural capital city of Wellington, Aotearoa-New Zealand, this paper examines the effects of urban densification and compact city development in urban green spaces. It explores how architecture and landscape architecture can transform urban environments into desirable places to live and capitalise on the potentials of interstitial spaces, outdated zoning and changing land-use. To achieve that, it looks at green and blue infrastructure design solutions and opportunities that foster sustainable intensification and by offering new views for health and wellbeing that improve the social, cultural and environmental health of the city.

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Collaborative design of bicultural therapeutic and rehabilitative landscapes | Funder: Victoria University of Wellington

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Marques, B., McIntosh, J. & Chanse, V. (2020). Improving Community Health and Wellbeing through Multi-functional Green Infrastructure in Cities Undergoing Densification. Acta Horticulturae et Regiotecturae, 23(2), 101-107. https://doi.org/10.2478/ahr-2020-0020

Journal title

Acta Horticulturae et Regiotecturae

Volume

23

Issue

2

Publication date

18/11/2020

Pagination

101-107 (7)

Publisher

Sciendo

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

18/11/2020

ISSN

1338-5259

Language

en