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Scotland’s Greenspace Map – Making Square Feet & Meters Count in an Urban Environment



[Source: Scotland Greenspace]


An ongoing planning conundrum in complex urban environments with overlays of official and informal jurisdictions and boundaries is the mapping and classification of ‘greenspace’. Someone’s ‘front yard’ is really a city’s ‘greenstreet’; a longstanding community garden may or may not achieve official recognition due to the paths of administrative process; a dilapidated park bench with one lonely, smog-chocked, dying tree holds up an environmental assessment even as the proposed project will deliver acres of new greenspace.



[Source: Scotland Greenspace]


With this new project – Scotland’s Greenspace Map – much of the ‘gray area’ in land use classification for green space has been taken away and given over to an almost obsessive level of organization. Open Space is now degrees of ‘Amenity’, Riparian routes, Woodlands, Green access routes, Courts, Private Gardens- the classification even runs into secondary overlays. What’s even more impressive from the methodological standpoint is the sourcebook for the project. A detailed methodology for other cities to use to make greenspace matter – every square foot of it.

One of the benefits of the project from a GIS standpoint is the utilization of the Ordinance Survey base which possesses the detailed urban typology needed to capture so many classifications of green space lodged in crevices of concrete. This is a great mapping effort, and I’m looking forward to utilizing the methodology in future projects to give urban greenspace its deserved due.



[Source: Scotland Greenspace] 




[Source: Scotland Greenspace]
 

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