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Urban ecological accounting: a new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability

Sarah Dooling

in The Future of Sustainable Cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426673.003.0009
Urban ecological accounting: a new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability

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The intersections of urban parks and homelessness are some of the most intractable challenges facing cities today. This chapter examines these intersections. While it is clear that homelessness and parks are intimately connected, they are maintained as non-overlapping and unrelated phenomena in planning for sustainable cities. The disconnection results in a persistently fragmented, non-ecological approach to a fundamentally ecological system. If sustainability is to be a meaningful guiding heuristic that influences the future growth of cities, then recognising the deeply dialectical relationships among, for example, public parks and homelessness, is the first step towards creating cities which take seriously designing and maintaining spaces of health, vitality and prosperity.

Keywords: park planning; social equity; sustainability; urban ecology; vulnerability

Chapter.  9406 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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