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Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Planning, Design and Implementation

Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess

Green infrastructure is widely recognised as a valuable resource in our towns and cities and it is therefore crucial to understand, create, protect and manage this resource. 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 for those seeking to achieve sustainable green infrastructure in urban environments of how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure at different spatial scales.

Chapter 16: The contribution of green infrastructure to a sense of place in historic urban environments

Michael Short

Subjects: environment, environmental management, environmental politics and policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies


Conservation planning attempts to regulate the rate and direction of physical change in historic environments through a framework of policies and controls that not only protect it from inappropriate change, but seeks its enhancement. This chapter focuses on how one element of the historic environment – green infrastructure – is crucial to defining the character of place which is then protected through this regulatory framework. Using the example of Vancouver, the chapter outlines how a robust conservation planning system has evolved which recognises the role of the natural environment in the city’s unique planning system. It explores the relationship between a well-defined narrative of green infrastructure protection and enhancement, with a proposal for a tall building – the Shangri-La tower – that was assessed utilising the city’s regulatory framework. The outcome has provided much needed development in a way that recognises and augments the character of the city.

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