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Green Infrastructures in the Peri-Urban Landscape: Exploring Local Perception of Well-Being through ‘Go-Alongs’ and ‘Semi-Structured Interviews’

Department of Architecture and Design, Institute of Technology, Montepríncipe Campus, Universidad San Pablo CEU, CEU Universities, 28668 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6836; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176836
Received: 27 July 2020 / Revised: 20 August 2020 / Accepted: 21 August 2020 / Published: 23 August 2020
Providing conditions for health and well-being, especially for those most exposed to social and environmental inequalities, is a precondition for sustainable development. Green infrastructures in peri-urban areas have the potential to improve the quality of life of locals by fostering healthy practices, providing views, or bringing nature closer to the city. This work explores the local perception of well-being within urban green infrastructures (UGI) in the peri-urban fringe of Madrid (Spain) through a combination of qualitative methods: “go-alongs” and “semi-structured static interviews”. The grounded-theory based codification of the data using NVivo software and their subsequent analysis results in the identification of social, natural, and perceptual elements that prove to play a relevant role in locals’ perception of well-being. Among these, connectivity with other green spaces, panoramic views and place-based memories are aspects that seem to make UGI serve the community at its full potential, including perceived physical and psychological well-being. We identify in each case study both positive characteristics of UGI and dysfunctional aspects and areas of opportunity. Lastly, a methodological, geographical, and theoretical discussion is made on the relevance of the case studies and pertinence of the two interview methods as valuable tools for analysis and intervention in the peri-urban landscape. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception of well-being; sustainable development; landscape; urban green infrastructure; Madrid; qualitative research; place attachment; placemaking; quality of life; NVivo perception of well-being; sustainable development; landscape; urban green infrastructure; Madrid; qualitative research; place attachment; placemaking; quality of life; NVivo
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Santo-Tomás Muro, R.; Sáenz de Tejada Granados, C.; Rodríguez Romero, E.J. Green Infrastructures in the Peri-Urban Landscape: Exploring Local Perception of Well-Being through ‘Go-Alongs’ and ‘Semi-Structured Interviews’. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6836.

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