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Title: The cultivation of healthier urban spaces : a community-based approach
Authors: Cassar, Stefan (2014)
Keywords: City planning -- Malta
Community gardens -- Malta
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Malta
Urban gardens -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Cassar, S. (2014). The cultivation of healthier urban spaces : a community-based approach (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The unprecedented physical growth of cities in recent decades has been accommodated by the avaricious exploitation of natural resources worldwide. In several cases urban growth has taken place at the cost of the quality of life of urban dwellers, especially the less privileged ones. This study has stemmed from concern about the lack of quality of urban environments as a product of the aforementioned unsustainable urban sprawl. It was thought conceivable that mankind could convert rural landscapes into cities and exist detached from those landscapes that once sustained him. It is now becoming increasingly evident to urban planners and policymakers that the role nature has of providing vital services to human beings cannot be neglected. The integration of green spaces in urban environments has proven to be essential in the promotion of health, supporting mechanical services such as the facilitating of rainwater infiltration, and improving the visual appeal of urban neighbourhoods. The recognition of the importance of urban green spaces must lead to the inquiry of the degree to which existent spaces manage to provide benefits to communities nearby. It is unfortunate that certain spaces do not manage to stimulate enough value and become subject to cost cutting and pressures to be developed. The implementation of community gardens to serve as an instrument to aid the reversal of cycles of decline in deteriorating urban green spaces was investigated in this dissertation. A community based approach was used to test whether the concept of community gardening in the Maltese Islands would be welcomed and in which circumstances.
Description: B.E.&A.(HONS)
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