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Sustainable Futures: Natural Space Presentation

Sustainable Futures: Natural Space Presentation

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Sustainable Futures Papers and Presentations (A Collaborative Compilation by Industry Leaders) produced by the Sustainability Institute, 2008/9
Sustainable Futures Papers and Presentations (A Collaborative Compilation by Industry Leaders) produced by the Sustainability Institute, 2008/9

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Published by: Sustainable Neighbourhoods Network on Nov 30, 2010
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Natural Space and City Growth
Paul Heydenrych
MCA PlannersJanuary 2009
 
Purpose of Paper
Explorethemeaning,roleandvalueofnatural&greenopenspacewithintheCity,soastounderstandtheissuesandfactorsthataffecttheuse,accessibilityandmanagementofopenspace.WhatwouldCapeTownbewithoutTableMountain?Itmeansandrepresentsdifferentthingstodifferentpeople.Naturalopenspaceisaresource,someofitneedsprotection,butallofitneedsgoodsustainablemanagement,toensureasustainablecity.
 
Definitions and Concepts
Public Open Space (POS)
Publically owned land open to all citizens
Includes parks, playgrounds, river corridors, forestry areas,
etc.;
Exists to enable the functioning of natural systems and toaccommodate community needs (recreational, psychologicaland heath);
There is a perception that POS is space left over after
planning, this is untrue, though this is based on the fact thatmany spaces are derelict and neglected;
Is required in any new settlement based on standards and
criteria;
At 160m
2
per person and well distributed
 –
its not about the
amount or its location
 –
but about how its managed, securedand used.

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