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Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. University of Gävle, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: Landscape and Urban Planning, ISSN 0169-2046, E-ISSN 1872-6062, Vol. 187, p. 70-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An unresolved issue in creating resilient cities is how to obtain sustainability benefits from densification while not eroding the capacity of social-ecological systems to generate wellbeing for urban dwellers. To understand how different relationships between urban form and wellbeing together play out, we analysed geocoded experiential data (1460 experiences from 780 respondents) together with variables of the physical environment. Through statistical and spatial analysis, we operationalised resilience principles to assess what urban environments provide resilience at eye level - a diversity of experiences and a level of connectivity between them that limit adverse outcomes. We found 8 typologies of experiential landscapes - distinct compositions of 11 categories of experiences. Our analysis shows that typologies with experiences supportive of wellbeing are diverse and exist in environments that balance residents and workplaces, avoid extreme spatial integration and/or density and have accessible nature. Typologies with many experiences hindering wellbeing fail in one or several of these respects. Our findings suggest that resilience principles can act as a guiding heuristic for urban densification that does not compromise human wellbeing.

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2019. Vol. 187, p. 70-80
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Regional & Urban Planning
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169220DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.03.015ISI: 000467665900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169220DiVA, id: diva2:1327211
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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