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'It's real, not fake like a park': residents' perception and use of informal urban green-space in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan


Rupprecht, CDD and Byrne, JA and Ueda, H and Lo, AY, 'It's real, not fake like a park': residents' perception and use of informal urban green-space in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan, Landscape and Urban Planning, 143 pp. 205-218. ISSN 0169-2046 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.07.003


Urban parks and gardens may be failing to meet the diverse "nature needs" of a growing global urban population. Informal urban greenspace (IGS) such as vacant lots, street or railway verges and riverbanks may provide space for unstructured recreation and nature contact. Yet we know little about residents’ relationship with IGS outside of Europe and North America, whatfactors influence IGS use and evaluation, or what role geographic and cultural context play. Our paper combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine how residents in Brisbane, Australia (n = 123) and Sapporo, Japan (n = 163) perceive, evaluate and use IGS. Using statistical methods (e.g. correlation analysis) we analyzed what factors influence how respondents interact with IGS, including the amount of formal greenspace within 500m of survey locations using a GIS buffer analysis. Results were tested for differences and similarities between the cities. We found that respondents knew of IGS in their neighborhood (>80%), appreciated and used it (>30%), but more respondents in Brisbane used and appreciated IGS. The influence of demographic factors and local formal greenspace area was limited, but respondents’ attitude towards urban nature was correlated with IGS evaluation. Littering was perceived as IGS’ most common problem (90% of respondents), but was reported by <20% of IGS users. Geographic (e.g., IGS type prevalence) and cultural (e.g., human-nature relationship) contexts represented potential influence factors. We argue that the liminal nature of IGS (e.g., liability) management poses a challenge traditional greenspace planning. To address this problem, further research should explore participatory management approaches.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:greenspace, attitudinal survey, resident population, urban area, urban planning
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:123951
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:99
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-02-02
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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