Open spaces

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Conference paper

Temporary and tactical urbanism in Australia: a review of current practice, policy and practitioner perspectives

‘Temporary’ and ‘tactical’ (T/T) urbanism is a major recent global movement in urban planning and design. This paper discusses the distinctive ways T/T urbanism is defined and enacted in the Australian context, drawing upon a database of ninety projects identified in six cities, an analysis...
Journal article

Assessing the amenity value of forest ecosystem services: perspectives from the use of sustainable green spaces

Due to the fragility of forest ecosystems, developing forest recreational resources must consider sustainable ecological, economic, and social development, and reduce impacts from recreational activities. Diverse forests with different biodiversity could promote forest ecosystem services and resistance to the pressure of tourism development. Under such...
Journal article

Heat resilience in public space and its applications in healthy and low carbon cities

Australian cities are experiencing more heat stress in the 21st century than ever before. Public life in a majority of Australian cities suffer from heat stress in urban heat islands. This paper presents the concept of spatial heat resilience as the capability of the built...
Journal article

Spatial and activity preferences during heat stress conditions in Adelaide: towards increased adaptation capacity of the built environment

Outdoor thermal discomfort pushes citizens into air-conditioned buildings and causes increased demand for water and electricity in the majority of Australian urban heat islands. Citizens’ spatial and activity preferences during heat stress conditions are under investigation in this paper. Citizens’ outdoor activity choices in different...
Conference paper

Socio-environmental impacts of heat stress in public spaces of Australian cities: spatial heat resilience and its application in low carbon cities

Urban spaces are experiencing warmer microclimates as the combined result of climate change and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. While climate change projections indicate a likely increase of 2°C in Australia by 2070, an additional heat load of 10°C exists in the built environment...
Commentary

Don’t forget the footpath – it’s vital public space

When we think about public spaces, we often imagine large open areas such as squares and parks. The humble footpath is overlooked, although it is an equally if not more important public space for urban social life. Every day, most people will at some point...
Conference paper

Limits of thermal adaptation in cities: a case study of Darling Harbour, Sydney

Climate change projections indicate a likely 3.8°C increase in the average temperature in Australia by 2090. During summer, outdoor heat-stress causes significant thermal discomfort, altering outdoor living preferences. This paper aims to explore the neutral and critical thresholds for outdoor thermal adaptation. The paper reports...
Conference paper

Outdoor activity and spatial choices of citizens during heat stress conditions: a case study of Adelaide, South Australia

During summer heatwaves, public spaces are frequently warmer than human thermal comfort preferences in a majority of Australian Cities. Citizens’ preferences of public space elements and supportive features during heat-stress conditions are under particular focus in this paper. Outdoor activity choices in different thermal environments...
Conference paper

Thermal resilience of activity patterns and urban greenery in public space: three case studies in Adelaide, South Australia

Australia has had seven extreme heatwaves since the beginning of the 20th century. During heatwaves, public spaces in cities are frequently warmer than is confortable for humans. The regional warming projection of 2-5°C in Australia (by 2070) will be added to an existing 4-8°C extra...
Guide

Everyone can play: a guideline to create inclusive playspaces

This is a practical toolkit for creating playspaces that are designed to be inclusive of everyone in the community. It was developed in consultation with advocacy and advisory groups representing over 50 stakeholders from local government, landscape architecture, disability advocates, industry representatives, parents and educators.