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Urban morphology types and open space distribution in urban core areas

James, P and Bound , D 2009, 'Urban morphology types and open space distribution in urban core areas' , Urban Ecosystems, 12 (4) , pp. 417-424.

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    Abstract

    Urban cores are primarily associated with economic activity: they are places where people live, work and engage in a range of leisure activities. Natural elements within the environment are recognised as having an important role in promoting quality of life. An investigation into the urban character of Manchester City Centre (UK) combining an analysis of the surface cover with the mapping of urban morphology types (UMTs) shows the extent to which green space permeates the built matrix. Around 20% of the urban core was covered by evapotranspiring surfaces. UMTs were differentiated along axes which were characterised by the intensity of grassland management and the density of building. The results presented here contribute to the on going debate around the development of cities and the relationship between the natural and built environments and provide guidance for those challenged with designing these environments.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban core - Urban Morphology types - Urban design - Natural and human environments
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history
    Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history > QH001 General, inc. conservation, geographical distribution
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Urban Ecosystems
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1083-8155
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 16:15
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:20
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9543

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