Natural elements and physical activity in urban green space planning and design

P Semenzato, T Sievänen, Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira, Ana Luísa Soares, R Spaeth

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While studies on physical activity behavior are widely available, research on physical activity environments is relatively new, particularly when related to ‘natural’ environments. In this chapter planning issues and design elements that can influence the use of urban green areas for physical activity are discussed. Availability, features, conditions, safety, aesthetics and climatic comfort are the main ­characteristics of urban green areas considered in the discussion, particularly in relation to natural elements. In the first part of the chapter the current literature presenting scientific evidence is examined. Once this evidence is discussed examples of best practices and significant planning and design solutions concerning the most relevant attributes of the green spaces are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForests, Trees and Human Health
EditorsKjell Nilsson, Marcus Sangster, Christos Gallis, Terry Hartig, Sjerp de Vries, Klaus Seeland, Jasper Schipperijn
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-481-9806-1
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-9805-4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2010


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