The 'natures' of planning: evolving conceptualizations of nature as expressed in urban planning theory and practice

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Title: The 'natures' of planning: evolving conceptualizations of nature as expressed in urban planning theory and practice
Authors: Duvall, Phoebe
Lennon, Mick
Scott, Mark J.
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Date: 27-Nov-2017
Online since: 2019-03-21T14:15:49Z
Abstract: Over the course of the past century, the idea of nature in the city has become increasingly intricate, evolving from being viewed as a refuge separate from the city to being understood as an essential component of dynamic urban systems. As such, attempts are currently being made to re-nature cities to support local and global ecosystems, increase human well being, and address environmental issues such as climate change. While the literature has examined changing assumptions about society-nature relationships in planning, a dearth of knowledge exists relating to the changing conceptualization of natures relationship with the city and how this has influenced how urban planning with respect to nature has evolved in both theory and practice. In this paper, we address this lacuna by tracing the history of the entwined relationship between nature and city planning. The conceptual framework developed from this review is subsequently employed as an analytical lens through which to investigate an illustrative case study of planning for nature in Dublin City, Ireland. The paper concludes by reflecting on how exploring the natures of planning provides scope for greater critical attention to what we do as planners when we seek to address the challenge of safeguarding nature through policy.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: European Planning Studies
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Start page: 480
End page: 501
Copyright (published version): 2017 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: NaturePlanningSocial-ecological systemsGreen infrastructureAmenity
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2017.1404556
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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