Hello everyone! I hope everything is going well. This week I would like to talk about the incorporating “green” elements to city planning. I read an article a while ago that pointed out some interesting aspects of city life. Most people who live in cities don’t notice nature around them in cities, instead they go on vacation to find nature. Furthermore, more and more of the world’s population lives in cities.
This article listed the following benefits of the inclusion of nature into a city:
- improved health and lifestyle
- increased lifespan
- reduced stress and aggression
Traditionally, the use of green space has been an aesthetic concern rather than a requirement for psychological health. In addition to that, most urban planners haven’t claimed ownership of the issues related to lack greenery in the cities. However, that is changing in Detroit, Europe and Singapore. The researchers believe that greenery needs to be incorporated into urban planning from the ground up.
The article recommends that urban planners start incorporating the following elements to urban planning:
- to consider the value of the greenery in an area before starting construction
- to cluster homes and leave some easily accessible locations with greenery or natural elements around neighborhoods for city dwellers
- to quantify the costs/benefits of different types of greenery and invest in them accordingly
While I think that some of the contributors come across as overzealous at moments, I agree with the concept. Some of my most relaxing moments when I lived in Arlington, TX were the times I spent running at River Legacy Park. It was a park that had a great section of in which I could loose myself in nature and reach a zen-type running state. This article highlights benefits of incorporating nature that I have experienced myself.
What are your thoughts on incorporating nature into cities? Do you agree with the articles assessment? What would you do to incorporate nature into cities? If you enjoyed the post, like it and share it with your friends. Thank you for your time and have a good week!
Anderson, Erin, “How Green Cities are Better for us Physically and Psychologically”, The Globe and Mail, July 5, 2014, http://goo.gl/PgM8Da