Next Article in Journal
Health Service Utilization and Poor Health Reporting in Asthma Patients
Previous Article in Journal
Household Air Pollution Exposure and Influence of Lifestyle on Respiratory Health and Lung Function in Belizean Adults and Children: A Field Study
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 644; doi:10.3390/ijerph13070644

What Attracts People to Visit Community Open Spaces? A Case Study of the Overseas Chinese Town Community in Shenzhen, China

1
School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518000, China
2
Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Built Environment Optimization, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518000, China
3
Center for Population and Development Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
4
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana SI 1000, Slovenia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 March 2016 / Revised: 11 June 2016 / Accepted: 17 June 2016 / Published: 28 June 2016
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [8072 KB, uploaded 28 June 2016]   |  

Abstract

A well-designed open space that encourages outdoor activity and social communication is a community asset that could potentially contribute to the health of local residents and social harmony of the community. Numerous factors may influence the use of each single space and may result in a variety of visitors. Compared with previous studies that focused on accessibility, this study highlights the relationship between the utilization and characteristics of community open spaces in China. The Overseas Chinese Town community in Shenzhen is regarded as an example. The association between the number of visitors and space characteristics is examined with multivariate regression models. Results show that large areas with accessible lawns, well-maintained footpaths, seats, commercial facilities, and water landscapes are important characteristics that could increase the use of community open spaces. However, adding green vegetation, sculptures, and landscape accessories in open spaces has limited effects on increasing the outdoor activities of residents. Thus, to increase the use of community open spaces, landscape designers should focus more on creating user-oriented spaces with facilities that encourage active use than on improving ornamental vegetation and accessories. View Full-Text
Keywords: open space; use; community; outdoor activity; Overseas Chinese Town of Shenzhen open space; use; community; outdoor activity; Overseas Chinese Town of Shenzhen
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Chen, Y.; Liu, T.; Xie, X.; Marušić, B.G. What Attracts People to Visit Community Open Spaces? A Case Study of the Overseas Chinese Town Community in Shenzhen, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 644.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top