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Research Questions

These pages report the group's preliminary considerations about the scope of the topic - see working groups for more recent expansion of this (click WG buttons on the right)

 

Research Questions identified in the original Proposal

Topics identified during preliminary discussions (brainstorm) by the research group at its first meeting

Methodological concerns

Major Issues and Case Studies

Bibliography

The research questions from the original proposal which might be useful for identifying the scope of the Working Groups are as follows:

The overall question is: To what extent may existing conceptual frameworks for sustainable urban development be used and improved in the context of comparative research on greenstructure and urban planning?

 

The framework to be developed should be useful to formulate research projects addressing a number of questions such as:

 

  • What can be learned from case studies about the interaction processes between greenstructure and urban development? And what about the contribution of greenstructures to the quality of life in cities, to the quality of habitats for biodiversity and to other aspects of sustainable urban development?

 

  • How may cities create structural spatial and organisational conditions for the quality of green and open spaces as a regular part of urban development?

 

  • What can be learned about operational instruments and methods for the management and maintenance of public open space?

 

  • What can be learned about success and failure of projects?

 

There is also a need to initiate thematic studies about more specific questions:

 

  • How to create and assess ecologically sound and sustainable planning and design options for urban greenstructures that are well embedded in the local situation. Such options combine environmental aspects (health, safety, biological diversity) with commercial, social and cultural aspects.

 

  • How to create good procedures for communication and decision making?

 

  • How to deal with power relations in the urban situations where green areas are in a vulnerable position?

 

 

  • How to create good conditions for multidisciplinary cooperation between researchers from the natural, the technical and the social sciences? And how to organise better cooperation between practitioners from different departments?

 

Research Questions identified in the original Proposal

Topics identified during preliminary discussions (brainstorm) by the research group at its first meeting

Methodological concerns

Working Groups

Major Issues and Case Studies

Suggestions for References & Bibliography

First meeting discussions

TOPICS IDENTIFIED IN THE MEMORANDUM - but see also the research question list above

Communication (cf. GREENCOM)

Professions (cf. meeting Helsinki)

Green ways and green belts

Urban fringe

Power relations

water

SPECIFIC TOPICS SUGGESTED AT THE FIRST MEETING IN BRUXELLES

(this reflects the brainstorm of 'areas of RESEARCH interest - not yet grouped into topic areas - this is to be done at the Sheffield meeting) - please make additions or ammendments before that meeting - as many ideas and how to group them as possible - email them now)

Participatory mapping (cf. communication, greencom)

 

Implementation of knowledge

 

Spatial concepts for green structure (includes green belts and green ways)

 

private spaces/public spaces

 

cultural heritage, identity

 

flexibility

 

réhabilitation, transformation, maintenance, managing

 

environnemental performance or benefits organic waste treatment, habitats...

 

green structure and intensive use of space/density

 

the actual greenstructure (including commercial areas)

 

multifonctions (human uses, confort, attractiveness, an interesting city

 

Policy instruments

 

agricultural land.

 

 

Research Questions identified in the original Proposal

Topics identified during preliminary discussions (brainstorm) by the research group at its first meeting

Methodological concerns

Working Groups

Major Issues and Case Studies

Suggestions for References & Bibliography

 

METHODOLOGICAL CONCERNS

email ideas and comments

bibliography

 

glossary (greensructure in first)

 

states of art (thematical and in case studies) and knowledge missing

 

concentrated or dispersed case study across the topics ?

 

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