Future-proofing the urban landscape: Green Infrastructure as a primer for resilient urban development

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Leigh
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-20T11:39:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-20T11:39:50Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Martin, Leigh (2016) Future-proofing the urban landscape: Green Infrastructure as a primer for resilient urban development, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, < http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/22085>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/22085
dc.description A research report submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Urban Design
dc.description.abstract Many forgotten and resurfacing emerging theories in the field of urbanism are starting to recognise highperformance landscapes and green infrastructure as an essential urban element toward more resilient urban development. This report, entitled ‘Future-proofing the Urban Landscape: Green Infrastructure as a Primer for Resilient Urban Development’ addresses the question of whether Green Infrastructure can become the primary structuring element towards achieving more resilient development, and how this structure influences public place-making. The strategy is tested on a the Frankenwald site, one of the last remaining greenfield sites in Johannesburg. The proposed development comprises of guidelines and an indepth phasing strategy for development and intermediate natures that add long-term value towards future-proofing the city. The document establishes that green infrastructure is a highly relevant subject to consider for the planning of future cities. As a discourse it adds value to the profession of urban design and questions the urban designer’s capacity to offer more productive landscapes and assist in protecting and enhancing the ecosystem services of cities. The multi-layered nature of priming for green infrastructure services make available a variety of natural elements to be exposed and designed by means of meaningful place making.
dc.format.extent Online resource (99 pages)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh City planning--South Africa--Johannesburg
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable urban development--South Africa--Johannesburg
dc.title Future-proofing the urban landscape: Green Infrastructure as a primer for resilient urban development en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian GR2017 en_ZA


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