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Paper eres2015_183:
The role of urban parks in cities’ quality of life

id eres2015_183
authors Vieira Gomes, Sandra; Teresa Florentino
year 2015
title The role of urban parks in cities’ quality of life
source 22nd Annual European Real Estate Society Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
summary The concerns on the preservation of the natural environment have focus mainly on large ecosystems protection. These areas are usually distant from the urban environment, where only relatively smaller natural spaces can survive. These small-scale green areas are often disregarded, when compared with the large ones, and many of their benefits are diminished. However, the urban nature provides important social and psychological benefits to human societies, which enrich human life. They provide spaces for social interaction, enhancing the community cohesion, while contributing for a healthier lifestyle. Another advantage is related to the air quality improvement and climate protection due to their ability to store carbon.__Although public preferences for environmental attributes may vary among individual citizens according to their socio-economics characteristics and daily activities, these benefits are well recognized by most citizens, having clear consequences on housing choices. Furthermore, green spaces may be used as factors to increase the attractiveness of a city, by making the city green and pleasant.__The main concern of this paper is to address the importance of green areas for the urban citizens, and to analyze their distribution in consolidated cities. A case study for the city of Lisbon, Portugal is presented, where spatial distribution, distance from residential areas and population satisfaction is analyzed, amongst other indicators. _
keywords Urban parks, Quality of life, Air quality
series ERES:conference
type paper session
email sandracgvieira@gmail.com
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session Green Buildings & Environmental Policies
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