Planning, Design and Implementation
Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess
This Handbook is about green infrastructure; more specifically, how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure in urban settings. The starting point of the Handbook is that green infrastructure is widely recognised as a valuable resource in our towns and cities. This is because it has the potential to mitigate many of the challenges facing urban environments, including biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and health inequalities. It also has a central role to play in adapting to the future pressures of climate change and food security. An understanding of how to create, protect and manage this resource is therefore crucial. Green infrastructure is an inherently interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavour that encompasses planners, landscape architects, urban designers, arboriculturists and ecologists from a range of sectors including policy-making, central and local government, charities, community groups and academia. Aimed at all those seeking to achieve sustainable green infrastructure in urban environments, this Handbook provides a core text on how we plan, design, deliver and manage this important resource at different spatial scales. This Handbook sets the context for green infrastructure as a means to make urban environments more resilient, sustainable, liveable and equitable. It then provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure to achieve these outcomes. The intended audience is researchers and postgraduate students, as well as those outside academia in policy and practice.