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Taking the High Line: elevated parks, transforming neighbourhoods, and the ever-changing relationship between the urban and nature
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0177-481X
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2386-0663
2015 (English)In: Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, ISSN 1754-9175, E-ISSN 1754-9183Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The popularity and impact of the High Line in New York mirrors the complex reality of contemporary provision of public space. The development of the project, its relationship to its surroundings and the evolving trend of elevated parks are analyzed in relation to the role of urban green space and impacts of Landscape Urbanism. The High Line shows the way to a new role for urban green space by utilizing abandoned infrastructure. In analysing the narrative of the High Line, this article stresses the importance of understanding localities and connectivity. Based on observations as well as a review of the literature and media, the article concludes that great landscaping does not create great places without careful consideration of the surrounding community and residents.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
elevated parks, environmental gentrification, High Line, Landscape Urbanism, urban parks
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175627DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2015.1063532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-175627DiVA: diva2:865300
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QC 20151027

Available from: 2015-10-27 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Planning Practices of Greening: Challenges for Public Urban Green Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning Practices of Greening: Challenges for Public Urban Green Space
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Public urban green spaces are crucial parts of cities due to the many connections existing between urban greenery and well-being. Additionally, public urban green space represents a wide range of spatial concepts, such as parks, urban forests, commons, in-between-spaces, and gardens. This study explores challenges for contemporary public urban green space in an increasingly urban world, with high demands on urban growth, and simultaneously the need for more sustainable societies and cities. The aim is to problematize the complex reality for contemporary public urban green space from an urban planning perspective in times of urban densification strategies, global competitiveness between cities and trends of ‘re-naturing’.

 

The scope of this thesis is based on four high profile case studies. The Green Walkable City in Stockholm and The Green Living Spaces in Birmingham constitute planning strategies with a holistic approach to urban green space, including a strong focus on well-being. The High Line in New York and Parklets in San Francisco represent urban green space concepts, influential both at the local level and in the larger urban planning debate. The results point to a need to acknowledge the complexity inherent to urban green space provision, design, and management. This study contributes with insights of direct connections between narratives of nature, materialized urban greenery projects and conceptualizations of functionality of nature in urban planning projects. From the post-industrial, pristine flirting, crafted wilderness of the High Line; a symbolic but cosmetic scrambling with planters and narratives of parks of parklets; dualistic argumentations of natural values connected to quality over quantity of nature in a densifying and growing Stockholm; to pragmatic yet emotional and ambitious conceptualizations of human nature in biohilic urbanism and green space planning in Birmingham. Gentrification, publicness and production of public space and densification strategies are central themes in urban studies – and public urban green space can play an active role in these processes.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016
Series
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 09
Keyword
public urban green space; public space; ecological gentrification; green city branding; urban densification; green cities; biophilic cities
National Category
Civil Engineering
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187055 (URN)978-91-7729-012-4 (ISBN)
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2016-06-14, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-07-08Bibliographically approved

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