Developing green infrastructure ‘thinking’: devising and applying an interactive group-based methodology for practitioners

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Title: Developing green infrastructure ‘thinking’: devising and applying an interactive group-based methodology for practitioners
Authors: Lennon, Mick
Scott, Mark J.
Collier, Marcus
Foley, Karen
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10240
Date: 24-Jun-2015
Online since: 2019-05-01T09:39:37Z
Abstract: Recent years have witnessed a wave of interest in the concept of green infrastructure (GI) as a means of applying an ecosystem approach to spatial planning practice; however, more limited attention has been paid to decision-making processes or tools to enhance GI within spatial plans and guidance. We address this deficit by reporting on the development and application of an interactive group-based methodology to enhance GI ‘thinking’ and interdisciplinary collaboration, drawing on the literature on the sociology of interactions. Our findings suggest that a game-based approach to GI problem-solving was successful in breaking down professional barriers by creating an informal learning arena, providing an enabling opportunity for participants to solve problems in an iterative, non-linear style to develop principles for action with transferability to ongoing plan formation. This style of problem-solving was characterised by shifting norms and routines of interaction, leading to problem re-framing and a search for alternative solutions.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume: 59
Issue: 5
Start page: 843
End page: 865
Copyright (published version): © 2015 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Keywords: Green infrastructureDeliberative methodsProblem-solving
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1042152
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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