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New Approaches to Spatial Planning and Design

Planning, Design, Applications

Edited By Murat Özyavuz

One of the main objectives of planning and design is the reflection of the works to the space. Therefore, the starting point of this book is to reveal the research conducted by different professions in the field of spatial planning and design. For this purpose, original researches on direct application and land were included. Planning and design studies need co-operation between professions in order to fulfill this philosophy. These activities are effective means of fulfilling the philosophy of sustainability. Planning and design is a tool to tell the story of a community, and how it’s past, present and future work together for a sustainable tomorrow. The design process in which the most appropriate spatial compositions are revealed by shaping the areas in the direction of planning decisions, develops in the continuation of the planning process. This book is for landscape architects and other planning and design professions. Theoretical foundations, theories, methods, and applications will be essential parts of this reference book. In addition, this book addresses several very different subjects of study; landscape management, biodiversity, landscape restoration, landscape design, urban design, urban planning and architectural design related to theory, practice and the results will be covered.

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12 Urban Greenway Systems within the Context of Sustainable Landscapes

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Abstract: The use of greenways is encouraged in both rural and urban areas for land conservation. Urban greenways are mostly used for recreational greenways in cities with paths and different kinds of trails based on natural corridors in addition to public rights of way, abandoned rail beds and canals . Greenways are networks of land containing linear elements that are planned, designed and managed for multiple purposes including ecological, recreational, cultural, aesthetic or other purposes compatible with the concept of sustainable land use. In addition to facilitating the planning and shaping of communities, they also improve the quality of life of neighborhoods and communities while protecting the cultural and historic resources in cities. Cultural resources may be connected via greenways into a type of network or system with greater value and higher use than the sum of the constituent parts as a kind of landscape synergy. Greenway systems are important for improving urban quality of life, contributing to urban ecology and urban aesthetics, protecting natural and cultural landscape values, providing urban biodiversity, presenting urban recreational area, emphasizing urban identity, contributing to social sustainability and evaluating sustainable transportation options in an integrative and multidisciplinary framework within the context of the planning and design of sustainable landscapes.

Keywords: Urban greenway, Sustainable landscapes, Greenway benefits, Greenway planning, Urban ecology, Quality of city life, Sustainability

1 Introduction

Greenways are linear green spaces that are generally formed along channels, rivers, historical routes, valleys, routes, ridges and railroads with...

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