Chris Boulton | The CityGreen Lab
It's All About Urban Greenspace!
Through a Local Governance Lens: Divergent and Convergent Perspectives of Effective Urban Greenspace Provision was presented at the 9th State of Australian Cities Conference in Perth, Western Australia
(30 Novermber - 5 December 2019).
This paper presents a preliminary comparison of the factors shaping urban greenspace provision, between two of our case studies of mid-sized cities: Logan, Australia and Surrey, Canada.
Here's the unrestricted link for your free copy:
(posted 31 July 2020)
The first article from our Surrey case study Under pressure: Factors shaping urban greenspace provision in a mid-sized city is now available in Cities online.
Sincerest thanks to the City of Surrey and all of our participants for their support & contribution to our research.
Here is the URL providing free access to our article only until August 23, 2020.
(posted 13 July 2013)
Ever visited a park or greenspace that you either led or contributed design ideas, only to discover that it hasn’t flourished: is not as popular as you had hoped, perhaps has not been maintained as you had expected, or worse, have some works been damaged, removed or replaced?
If these are questions that you might have asked yourself over the course of career, or you find to be somewhat challenging to answer, help is here!
On 21 May 2020 The CityGreen Lab facilitated the first AILA MasterClass in Design - Parks (in webinar format) covering fundamental issues including place management, crime prevention, whole-of-life asset management, and climate adaptation. Moreover, it included content drawn from evidence-based theory and practice - specifically on-the ground experience in park management, applied through active learning.
Missed it? Register your interest on our wait list now for the next class.
We have a new series of Blog posts where we'll be profiling visits to interesting places through "Urban Greenspace in Focus"!
Our first post all about the contribution of Paddington Reservoir Gardens to stretching our thinking about new urban greenspace from former industrial land.
Stay tuned (subscribe!) for my next Blog on another type of urban greenspace - City Parks.
Because there must be a better way of providing urban greenspace than relying on traditional park planning methods.
We don't fully optimise the opportunities presented by our existing urban greenspace...and
Current demands of our urban parks exceed what they can realistically deliver...and
We can ill-afford to provide the quantity of parks “calculated” to the quality that the community expects... and
Other urban greenspace is often overlooked because it doesn't meet the criteria or standard expected of parks.
Practicing professionals are time-poor, especially when it comes to undertaking research and keeping up to date with best practice and innovation.
Contributing broader knowledge, expertise and experience in providing (planning, designing, managing) urban greenspace therefore helps others validate and shape solutions to local problems.
The CityGreen Lab is founded upon:
The City Green Lab is a virtual place to explore, showcase, influence and inspire better greenspace provision in our cities.
Its purpose is to explain and explore issues concerning urban greenspace provision and why we need to re-think our approach to inform our future work.
It aims to highlight the importance of, challenges and opportunities for providing better urban greenspaces that contribute to sustainable, happy, healthy and safe communities through experience and insight.
And - we now offer expertise on a consultancy basis, to help others provide effective urban greenspace (see our "Services" page).
The content is intended for professional planners, landscape architects and urban designers working with or for all levels of government, not-for-profit organisations, and anyone else who is passionate about realising better urban greenspaces for their community.