Pocket-sized urban parks may contribute to more widely distributing the advantages created by parks in urban neighborhoods, allowing more citizens to benefit more frequently from park environments. Notwithstanding their several benefits, including citizens’ psychological, physiological and physical well-being; possibilities for recreational activities; and improved economic attractiveness of a neighborhood, pocket parks (PPs) are not yet widely diffused worldwide. Considering the state of the art of PPs, we identify four main perspectives that characterize them: architectural, microclimate, managerial and legal. Focusing on a relevant case study, i.e., the Mediterranean context, we analyze the multi-disciplinary challenges – connected to the four identified dimensions – for their diffusion elsewhere. Finally, we provide a general framework for favoring PPs’ creation and management, as the original contribution of this work. Besides advancing scientific knowledge about PPs, our results also interest policymakers and public organizations, as the diffusion of PPs can mitigate urban environmental challenges by creating pleasant experiences for citizens and favoring economic activities.

Pocket parks towards more sustainable cities. Architectural, environmental, managerial and legal considerations towards an integrated framework. A case study in the Mediterranean region / Rosso, Federica; Cappa, Francesco; Spitzmiller, Rebecca; Ferrero, Marco. - In: ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES. - ISSN 2667-0100. - 7:(2022). [10.1016/j.envc.2021.100402]

Pocket parks towards more sustainable cities. Architectural, environmental, managerial and legal considerations towards an integrated framework. A case study in the Mediterranean region

Rosso, Federica
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Ferrero, Marco
2022

Abstract

Pocket-sized urban parks may contribute to more widely distributing the advantages created by parks in urban neighborhoods, allowing more citizens to benefit more frequently from park environments. Notwithstanding their several benefits, including citizens’ psychological, physiological and physical well-being; possibilities for recreational activities; and improved economic attractiveness of a neighborhood, pocket parks (PPs) are not yet widely diffused worldwide. Considering the state of the art of PPs, we identify four main perspectives that characterize them: architectural, microclimate, managerial and legal. Focusing on a relevant case study, i.e., the Mediterranean context, we analyze the multi-disciplinary challenges – connected to the four identified dimensions – for their diffusion elsewhere. Finally, we provide a general framework for favoring PPs’ creation and management, as the original contribution of this work. Besides advancing scientific knowledge about PPs, our results also interest policymakers and public organizations, as the diffusion of PPs can mitigate urban environmental challenges by creating pleasant experiences for citizens and favoring economic activities.
2022
citizens; construction materials; pocket parks; resilience; small urban parks; subsidiarity
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Pocket parks towards more sustainable cities. Architectural, environmental, managerial and legal considerations towards an integrated framework. A case study in the Mediterranean region / Rosso, Federica; Cappa, Francesco; Spitzmiller, Rebecca; Ferrero, Marco. - In: ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES. - ISSN 2667-0100. - 7:(2022). [10.1016/j.envc.2021.100402]
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