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Simone Sandholz

value of open spaces in growing cities

Simone Sandholz
Institute for Technology in the Tropics, Cologne University

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     Last modified: June 9, 2007
     Presentation date: 06/11/2007 4:30 PM in ISCTE-II C104
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Inner-city open spaces are important elements of the urban environment and provide potential social, ecological, health and quality of life benefits. They have a strategic importance in the urban development process, even more in the case of emerging megacities, where a lot of them represent spaces to urbanize. Open spaces in rapidly growing cities of less developed countries are facing much more pressure, formal and informal, than in other cities around the world. Planning, management and monitoring of open spaces therefore forms an essential part of the sustainable urban development. But up to now, planning doesn’t react with adequate strategies and measures or interdisciplinary concepts integrating social, economic and ecological aspects, especially in the developing countries.

This paper intents to describe values of historic open spaces as well as possibilities to preserve these values in future as inner-city open spaces are traditional focal points, serving as public space for centuries.

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