Human-Environmental Interactions in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities of Urban Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure

This book addresses international research communities concerned with conceptual, scientific, and design approaches to urban land developments and biodiversity. The main focus is on the understanding of human-environment interactions analysed by multi-disciplinary approaches. The articles in this important collection include new concepts and challenges for sustainable green space development emerging from the pressure caused by urbanisation. The concept of biophilic urbanism and the framework of urban ecosystem services are introduced and referred to by applications in different case studies in Europe. Case studies also refer to the current challenges for biodiversity in different urban spaces. These spaces include the urban garden and school environments. Important human-species interactions are identified by analysing the allergenic potential of urban trees in a US city. Anthropogenic influences on the survival or local extinction of species are examined in a Mediterranean urban area. In all articles, the importance of urban planning on green infrastructure development, biodiversity conservation and management within the urban ecosystem is highlighted, and planning recommendations are given.

Nadja Kabisch holds a PhD and a Diploma in Human Geography from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Landscape Ecology of the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has wide expertise in quality of life analysis of urban green spaces across European cities. Her publications include “Green justice or just green? Provision of urban green spaces in Berlin, Germany” in Landscape and Urban Planning.

Neele Larondelle is a PhD candidate working on sustainability scenarios of urban ecosystem services at the Deparment of Landscape Ecology of the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a Master of Science in Nature Resource Management from Technical University Dresden. Her recent publications include “Urban ecosystem services assessment along a rural–urban gradient: A cross-analysis of European cities” in Ecological Indicators.

Angela Reeve is a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, investigating the potential for biophilic urbanism (nature-loving cities) to respond to multiple, critical challenges facing Australian cities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Griffith University, and is a Senior Researcher with the Natural Edge Research Centre.

Martina Artmann is a PhD candidate at the research group Urban and Landscape Ecology at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from University of Hohenheim, Germany, and a Master’s degree in Landscape, Regional and Urban Management from University of Salzburg. Her main research interest is in the efficient practice implementation of urban sustainability strategies. Her recent publications include “Assessment of Soil Sealing Management Responses, Strategies and Targets Toward Ecologically Sustainable Urban Land Use Management” in AMBIO.

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Andrzej Długoński

Omniya el-Baghdadi

Charlie Hargroves

Amparo Herrera

Sonja Knapp

Karlheinz Köhler

Caroline Kramer

Neele Larondelle

Peter Newman

Javier Pineda

Pablo Salmon

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ISBN: 1-4438-5895-1

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5895-3

Release Date: 11th June 2014

Pages: 178

Price: £39.99