Local authorities have hit tough times, but there's still hope for the UK's parks.
Providing green space can deliver health, social and environmental benefits for all urban residents – few other public health interventions can achieve all of this.
Urban green spaces are most effective at delivering their full range of health, social and environmental benefits when physical improvement of the space is coupled with social engagement.
Apartments near the greenbelt in Vienna are more expensive than otherwise similar apartments in that city.
Australia’s growing cities face a shortage of urban parks. Often, the provision of parks is seen only as planning compliance or an accessory.
PARKing Day in Montreal, 2015.
This Friday is the 11th PARKing Day, when people pay a parking meter, then turn the space into a pop-up parklet. It's a day that invites citizens to rethink the city and their place in it.
Tracking what you stop to pay attention to and what you ‘don’t see’ can tell us a lot about what might be going on inside your mind.
Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
From music festivals to motor racing –commercial events are taking over public parks. Here's what can be done.
Brian Halsey, 'Novem II,' 1981, 8 Color Silkscreen Serigraph
Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
Open public spaces are good for mind and body – we shouldn't have to pay to use them.
Many things go into making a healthy community, so the earlier services and infrastructure become available, the better.
Early residents in new communities are known as 'pioneers' – they arrive before many services are in place. A five-year study points to the many benefits of putting in good services early on.
People enjoy the green space of parks, but often their activities are of a fairly passive nature.
Parks are found in most neighbourhoods, generally free to use and are enjoyed by diverse groups. Although most visitors don't use parks for physical activity, modest improvements can change that.
Do we see Yarra Trail in South Yarra, Melbourne, as being purely for people, or should dogs be able to enjoy it too?
Dogs are important users of urban parks, but these are clearly designed for the use of people – except for a few out-of-the-way dog parks. Is that fair to dogs that have no say about living among us?
Having all your green in one place or not has been taxing urban planners for some time.
Melburnians love their trees, and for good reason.
The fact that we have embraced the notion of emailing a tree is no surprise. We have been passionate about trees in cities for a long time.
The inner suburbs of Melbourne are surprisingly more leafy than the outer suburbs.
When you look out of your window in the morning, how many trees do you see? Your answer might depend on what suburb you live in. As you go further from the city centre, the amount of tree cover in a suburb…
The Field Day music festival, held annually in The Domain in Sydney, is among a growing number of private or ticketed events held in public parks.
Privatisation of the public realm is increasingly seen by governments as a relatively painless user-pays way of addressing their budget problems and parks have not escaped the trend. Public spaces such…
Guidelines for sharing spaces can encourage the growth of exercising communities.
Recent criticism of the use of public spaces for group-based exercise programs seems driven by opinion, not data. It also appears to be confounding the exercising with the management of public spaces…
Australians are more likely to feel happy, safe and healthy if they maintain the green areas and nature spots in their cities…
Should boot camps be banned?
Boot camp image via www.shutterstock.com
Fitness “boot camps” are becoming an increasingly common feature within Australian parks. Typically, a personal trainer will charge a modest fee to instruct a small group that gathers in a public park…