In Greensight: Healthier Futures for Urban Cores in Transition

Jones, Ana Maria and Wilenius, Markku (2020) In Greensight: Healthier Futures for Urban Cores in Transition. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1239-1249. ISSN 2521-3938

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This paper develops new perspectives of cross-disciplinary methods combining futures studies and urbanplanning to help imagine healthier futures for compact urban cores. Our empirical basis lies in research-based collaboration between 2016 and 2019 with the City of Turku, the former capital of Finland. The goal was the creation of an ambitious but realistic vision and strategic plan focused on liveability and wellbeing and addressing challenges posed by spatial fragmentation and lack of cohesion. Through the process, it was concluded that to create a positive transition, planning requires the adoption of a ‘greensight’ perspective as a point of departure. The basic argument was that in order to reach a new level of human-centredness andinterconnectedness, urban cores need to act as the strong support system for the healthier urban societies of the future. In this paper, we explain the lessons learned and provide an analysis of green areas in the context of Turku. We share wisdom on two key aspects: 1) the growing importance of human health for a more future-oriented approach to the planning of green areas and 2) the rising levels of urban complexity that make adequate distribution of green areas hard to achieve.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: wellbeing, urban green, future studies, transformation, urban cores
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 09:32
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 09:32

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