Developing green infrastructure design guidelines for urban climate adaptation

Wiebke Klemm*, Sanda Lenzholzer, Adri van den Brink

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In the context of global warming and increasing urban climate problems, urban green spaces and elements have been recognized as a strategy for urban climate adaptation. Yet, despite increasing scientific evidence of the positive impacts that urban green infrastructure (UGI) is having on the urban microclimate, this evidence is not being incorporated into urban design practice. This explorative study was executed to create design guidelines for climate-responsive UGI that stem from scientific knowledge and are useful to design practice. A participatory ‘Research through Design’ (RTD) approach was applied in two design studios to have landscape architects test evidence-based preliminary guidelines. The researchers made observations, plan analyses, and executed questionnaires in the studios to assess the usefulness of the preliminary guidelines and, subsequently, to refine them. This paper presents the revised guidelines for the city, park, and street scale levels and elaborates the knowledge on the microclimate and operational principles needed for implementation. This paper argues that a participatory RTD approach helps to link knowledge from research to practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-71
JournalJournal of Landscape Architecture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2017

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    Ontwerprichtlijnen klimaatbestendig groen in de stad

    Klemm, W., Lenzholzer, S. & van den Brink, A., 2017, 1 p. Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research.

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