The planning and design of good quality urban parks in China: the perspectives of technical professionals

Yangnan Guo, Ian Mell

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Abstract

Previous studies have identified barriers to investment in good quality urban
parks during the planning and design stage, particularly noting the ineffectiveness
of planning instruments, a low political will to invest in urban green spaces and
constraints in governance operation. The factors that influence the quality of
urban parks in the planning and design stages of investment were investigated
through interviews with technical professionals who have acted as consultants to
local government across China on urban planning and landscape projects. A set
of thematic characteristics were identified as shaping the planning and design of
good quality urban parks in China: the reliance on quantitative metrics in the
contemporary planning context; the linkage between local political will to invest
in urban parks, local leaders’ prestige and local administrators’ enthusiasm in
governance operation; and local administrators’ equipment with knowledge and
effectiveness in communicating with technical professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1106-1120
Number of pages15
JournalLandscape Research
Volume46
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • China
  • Urban park
  • governance
  • landscape architect
  • landscape planning
  • urban design
  • urban designer
  • urban green space
  • urban planner
  • urban planning

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