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Creating Green Space Sustainability through Low-Budget and Upcycling Strategies

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Department of Landscape Art, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
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Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, 820112 Tulcea, Romania
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Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, 010014 Bucharest, Romania
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Research Centre of Tourism Sustainability and Well-being, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1857; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061857
Received: 14 April 2018 / Revised: 28 May 2018 / Accepted: 29 May 2018 / Published: 3 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transition towards Low-Impact and Regenerative Human Settlements)
Frugality is a core notion of sustainability, and responsible resource management should be prioritized in urban planning and landscape architecture. Low-budget strategies as a deliberate means of creating valuable, attractive, well-used, sociable public spaces are recognized by some influential designers using the “Light, cheap, quick” methodology. Unused spaces, just like objects and waste, can be creatively changed, reinvented with little resource input through a circular solution of upcycling. Case study methodology was predominantly used in the inquiry with three new parks, built after the year 2004, in Faro, Portugal. The study examined how the success rate and the current state of these public green areas correlates with the amount of financial resources invested in each of the projects. The case studies show key aspects in the building of the three spaces including: urban context, management and community participation. The success rate of a place is established based on user activity observations, user counts and questionnaires—conveyed amongst both experts and local residents. Results illustrate how low-budget strategies and limited use of funds and resources can be translated into a successful project of a public greenery. Comparative studies from Warsaw and Berlin further extend the discussion to the concept of upcycling as a sustainable solution for landscape architecture. View Full-Text
Keywords: design; low-budget strategies; public green space; upcycling; frugality; landscape architecture; sustainable development design; low-budget strategies; public green space; upcycling; frugality; landscape architecture; sustainable development
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Herman, K.; Sbarcea, M.; Panagopoulos, T. Creating Green Space Sustainability through Low-Budget and Upcycling Strategies. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1857.

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