Handbook on Green Infrastructure
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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.
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Chapter 17: Landscape, beyond green and grey infrastructure

João Marques-da-Cruz and Eduardo Costa Pinto

Abstract

This chapter demonstrates that beyond the intentional dichotomy suggested in its title, the transformation of contemporary landscape in a sustainable way implies the rejection of any form of dualism, be it ‘green’ and ‘grey’, Natura and Cultura, Man and Nature or wilderness and artefact. This ancient conceptual frontier, often reduced to a line creating in the landscape hermetic spaces, has definitely become obsolete and unsustainable in today’s landscape where humans have conquered universal ubiquity. In this new and complex reality, mitigation actions and compensation strategies, capable of counteracting environmental degradation, are increasingly less effective. Therefore, it is imperative to understand and manipulate landscape processes – cultural and natural – in order to achieve a ‘trajective continuity’, that is, to inscribe effectively our values in the places we inhabit and be transformed by it.

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