Planning Theory & Practice has recently published (September 2021) an issue of Interface focused on Planning for Age-Friendly Cities including a collaborative piece led by Dr Tony Matthews, with Prof. Claudia Baldwin, Dr Silvia Tavares and The CityGreen Lab's Dr Chris Boulton. Titled "Integrating Green Infrastructure with Accessible Design to Reduce Heat Stress on Seniors" it examines the challenge of heat stress in the urban environment specific to aged-care facilities. Editor Mark Scott says:
This paper draws on the authors’ work in Australia, with cities there now facing the prospect of 50 degree plus summers (Purtill, 2021). Their paper explores the potential of green infrastructure – networks of greenspaces and natural elements – to moderate extreme heat, focusing on the needs of older people. It focuses on three core questions: What type of place-specific green infrastructure interventions are sought? Where should they be located? How can they be integrated with accessible design?
While green infrastructure is widely recognised to reduce the urban heat island effect and mitigate rising temperatures, Matthews and colleagues also illustrate how poorly designed interventions may negatively impact on accessibility and the mobility of older age groups, while also identifying potential design and institutional barriers to better design. Their work seeks to integrate green infrastructure with accessibility to develop a monitoring and decision-making tool for appropriate and effective green infrastructure in the context of an age-friendly city.
(posted 4 October 2021)
The CityGreen Lab is excited to announce the publication of Landscape Australia, which this month (August 2021, Issue 171) features a new article by Dr Chris Boulton. Titled "Rethinking urban green space provision", this piece is a snapshot of the findings from case studies in Australia (Logan, QLD) and Canada (Surrey, BC), concerning the supply of green space in Australian cities faces challenges. Can we develop a more effective approach?
LAA Editor Emily Wong's introduction is:
"Discussions around crucial infrastructure are echoed by Chris Boulton, who examines how we can improve the provision of green space in our Australian cities. Identifying some of the challenges hindering the supply of urban green space, Boulton argues for developing a more nuanced and collaborative approach. Her article provides a launching point for rethinking both formal and informal elements of our built environment at a broader scale.”
Rethinking urban green space provision. The supply of green space in Australian cities faces challenges. Can we develop a more effective approach? Article by Chris Boulton.
(posted 30 August 2021)
The CityGreen Lab Pty Ltd is now supporting Parks and Leisure Australia with delivering the International Green Flag Award® scheme, which recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.
Our Managing Director - Dr Chris Boulton - is now the National Coordinator (Australia) - Green Flag Awards, charged with overseeing PLA's business planning and national operations for the scheme in Australia.
(posted 30 August 2021)
We are joyed and humbled to receive our first AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Award - Research, Policy & Communications.
This is wonderful recognition of the importance & relevance of asking (& answering) "Is there a better approach to providing urban greenspace?"
The AILA QLD jury commented: "In the current times of a global pandemic, inner-city Green Open Space is more important than ever.... This research thesis contributes to the collective landscape architecture knowledge bank around best practice urban greenspace development... The communication, methodology, and considerations that were looked at are broadly transferable, communicating to designers, decision-makers, and scholars alike. This project outlines the drivers, constraints, and governing forces that impact greenspace with detail."
Full citation & details here: https://lnkd.in/gA_GbaK
Congratulations to all winners & entrants; sincere thanks to the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), 2021 Awards Jury & State Sponsors.
As a National Finalist, we eagerly await the announcement of AILA's 2021 National Landscape Architecture Award winners at the National Conference Gala Dinner in Perth on 14 October 2021.
(posted 29 June 2021)
The CityGreen Lab is very excited to announce that we recently received the Parks & Leisure Australia - Queensland Region 2021 Award of Excellence - Research, for Çhris' PhD Thesis, titled "Is there a better approach to providing urban greenspace?"
This achievement backs-up last year's PLA 2020 Award of Excellence - Research for Chris for co-authors' literature review article "Factors Shaping Urban Greenspace Provision" that received both the PLA QLD and National Awards for Excellence.
Sincere thanks to #PLAQLD and 2021 QLD Region Award Category sponsor, Otium Planning Group.
Congratulations to all nominees and award winners.
As a National Finalist, we eagerly await the announcement of PLA's 2021 National Awards of Excellence winners at the National Conference Gala Dinner in Sydney on 14 September 2021.
(posted 19 May 2021)
Our Managing Director - Dr Chris Boulton - was invited to provide a keynote presentation at the Parks & Leisure Australia joint region conference for NSW/ACT/QLD.
Staged in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Chris presented a summary of her recent publication "Governance Factors that Shape Urban Greenspace Provision: From Theory to Practice".
Delegates provided great questions and feedback on the value of insights from local government, and the complexity of providing urban greenspace.
It was a marvellous experience meeting some amazing parks people which was only possible through the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers.
(posted 19 May 2021)
The CityGreen Lab Pty Ltd is now supporting Parks and Leisure Australia, providing executive support services for the QLD Region.
"Parks and Leisure Australian ("PLA") is the leading industry association for professionals in the sector. Through a broad range of services we support members to provide opportunities that strengthen communities through good use of leisure time for the social, environmental, economic and physical well being of all Australians. We are 'THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PLACES'."
Our Managing Director - Dr Chris Boulton - is now the Executive Officer - QLD Region, charged with overseeing PLA's training and development, governance, research, and other member services for the State.
(posted 28 April 2021)
The CityGreen Lab Pty Ltd is now a Corporate Member of The City Parks Alliance Inc (USA) - Australia's first corporate member, and joining the City of Melbourne as the second member representing Australia.
The City Parks Alliance is an invaluable network of urban park professionals, practitioners, and researchers. It provides frequent online seminars examining current and emerging challenges and industry best practice, as well as an extensive library of tools and resources.
(posted 8 April 2021)
The first article from our Logan case study "Governance Factors Shaping Greenspace Provision: From Theory to Practice" is now available in Planning Theory and Practice online.
Few studies have considered greenspace governance provision from a local government perspective. Our latest article from our Logan case study, applies previously overlooked insights from urban planning and social research, to investigate the key question: ‘how do governance factors influence the provision of greenspace in cities?’
It examines governance tools, organisational leadership and culture, and political leadership. Findings reveal the tensions between a need for certainty and a desire for flexibility, highlighting inconsistencies between planning theory and practice.
Better understanding the interplay of these enablers and constraints can inform policymaking to ensure that rapidly growing cities can respond to their residents’ needs using available resources.
Sincerest thanks to all of our participants for their support & contribution to our research.
Access the article below; or non-subscribers can request a copy for personal use from The CityGreen Lab.
(posted 8 April 2021)
Because there must be a better way of providing urban greenspace than relying on 'how we've always done things'.
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.