The module aims to introduce the field of Green Infrastructure and green space planning by addressing its principles, values and utility within urban planning.
Drawing on a wide range of case study material both at home and overseas the module examines the influence of landscape ecology and the politics of planning on urban development to critically question how, where and why we use Green infrastructure to meet quality of life and place making agendas. By examining the relationship between the landscape, planning policy and human interactions the module will highlight the opportunities to implement positive urban greening at a number of scales.
The module also draws links between the role of Green Infrastructure planning in supporting sustainability objectives and the processes of management and monitoring. More particularly the module aims:
To introduce the concept of Green Infrastructure from its historical antecedents to its current use;
To critically evaluate value of Green Infrastructure planning in urban planning as a mechanism for addressing biodiversity, climate change, health, water management and wider urban greening issues;
To critically examine the management frameworks of green space planning and evaluate the utility of evaluation and monitoring techniques available to environmental managers;
To introduce the policy contexts of Green Infrastructure planning and examine the influences of political will, financial incentives and social needs in developing greener and more sustainable urban environments;
To develop an understanding of how Green Infrastructure can be, and is being, implemented through a more in-depth assessment of a series of global case studies.