The multifunctional use of urban green space

E.S. van Leeuwen, P. Nijkamp, T. de Noronha Vaz

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This paper calls attention to the critical role of greenspaces in cities, while it overviews the many functions they provide. From a theoretical perspective, the utility function of urban greenspaces concerns multiple dimensions. Temporal, spatial and social aspects clearly need a taxonomic approach, which is also described in this study. Thus, the prominent goal of this paper is to highlight the importance of the multifunctional use of urban green areas. It is next argued that multitasking strategies may enhance the use of farmland within urban areas and that this may turn out to be a win-win situation, provided urban planners are able to understand the different motivations of local communities. These basic issues are essential in identifying and mapping out attractive developments for modern urban greenspaces. © 2010 Earthscan.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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