Stigsdotter Dissertation Landscape Health

Refer to greenery in the city terms such as urban

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Unformatted text preview: ry in the city – terms such as urban open spaces, urban green spaces, and urban open green spaces. Common to these terms is that they all refer to urban greenery that is designed, planned or preserved and that may comprise varying amounts of vegetation and be found within the city itself of just on the outskirts. This definition is in accordance with Steven and Rachel Kaplan’s (1989) definition of nature in the town. During my time as a doctoral student, I have found that the term urban green spaces is well understood by both practitioners and scientists, and I have therefore chosen to use it as a collective term. Thus, urban green spaces is used here as a collective term covering all greenery in the city, e.g., parks, natural environments near population centers, green areas, gardens, courtyards, gardens at schools and workplaces, etc. Moves into Sweden’s largest cities are increasing in number. Today, the majority of the population lives in cities or larger population centers (Statistics Sweden, 2000). The city has become the everyday living environment for most Swedes. By living environment, I mean the sum of all the external circumstances under which people live: where they live, work, go to school and spend much of their leisure time. Thus, those conditions required to live life must be found in the city. An example of an old external circumstance is constituted by urban green spaces in the form of parks and gardens. Here I also call these elements of city planning (see Paper V). Examples of other city planning elements are buildings, squares and 16 ����� � !'��' � �����'� � !��' �& %�� � � ��� ��+���� � %&�"� � &+ � �'� � !'�"� ��'�� � �� � �'� ����$ ��+��� ?7L# �������:I�6 �%� ������:@� *'� � � �� � � � ��(��� � �(��� � ���$ � �!�""� � �)� � � �� ���� � �&(%� � �) � �9+� ������ ���� ��+����" 3&�"����� � �� � & %�� � � ��� � �+���� � ?�� �� ����S ��� � D � B �'�� � ����@� � *'��� � 3&�"����� � � �'� ���� �������� ����#�����#� �"���))� ������(�������'������� ����������+ �)� ��'�!�#� �������"" �'�(��'� ������ ����� ����������������?��� �1�+� �E@� ����� �'�$�� � � �&((� �M�� � �� �6��& � ��� �� �'�� � ��� ��&������ � �) � � � � ����(...
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