Green space in urban and peri-urban areas and mental health: which green space types and characteristics are most beneficial?

Beute, Femke, Andreucci, Maria Beatrice, Lammel, Annamaria, Davies, Zoe, Glanville, Julie, Keune, Hans, Marselle, Melissa R., O'Brien, Liz, Olszewska-Guizzo, Agnieszka, Remmen, Roy, Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 and de Vries, Sjerp (2021) Green space in urban and peri-urban areas and mental health: which green space types and characteristics are most beneficial? In: Green and blue spaces and mental health: new evidence and perspectives for action. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe; 2021, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 8-23. ISBN 9789289055666

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Urban green space plays an important role in the mental and physical health of urbanites, as well as of people working in or visiting urban areas (WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2016). But green space can be very diverse in its typology, including for instance urban forests, parks, playgrounds, allotments and urban farming locations. These green space types can also differ greatly in their defining characteristics; for instance, parks can differ in scenic beauty, vegetative composition or openness. Globally, continuing urbanization, as well as climate change, is increasingly putting pressure on the existence of green spaces within urban areas (e.g. Dallimer et al., 2011; Richards & Belcher, 2020). The scarcity of urban green space and the desire to create liveable cities requires in-depth knowledge on how different green space types and characteristics influence mental health, to facilitate well-informed design and planning choices.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying.
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 16:05

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