Green Infrastructure

Associate Professor Linda Corkery, Carlos Carlos Bartesaghi Koc, PhD student and Parisa Pakzad, PhD student

Measuring the Sustainability Performance of Green Infrastructure

by Parisa Pakzad, PhD student

“All natural, semi-natural and artificial networks of multifunctional ecological systems within, around and between urban sites at all spatial scales”


  • core
  • hub
  • corridors

Green Infrastructure (GI) is about the strategic connection of open green spaces.

Research objective: to develop a conceptual framework to identify various indicators of sustainable achievement.

Social benefits of green roofs and green walls

by Associate Professor Linda Corkery

Humans have a basic need to interact with nature. In contemporary life, this relationship has broken down somewhat. This links in with the “Savannah Theory” of requiring large open spaces, water, vegetation, presence of game, variety etc.

How might living architecture support these basic needs??

human perception:

  • physical
    • sensory
    • cultural
    • age
  • psychological
    • aesthetic
    • narrative
    • culturally influenced

Attention restoration period: when you’re getting mentally fatigued (focused attention), naturae can play a role in relieving that.

Roger Ulrich: Investigated how nature impacted recovering patients in a hospital. Results showed patients being able to leave the hospital in 30% less time when they had a view of nature during their recovery period.

Biophilia: love of life, the genetic basis for our need for nature; a fundamental human need and propensity to affiliate with life.

Terrapin Bright Green (2012) have produced a document explaining how Green Infrastructure has an economic benefit, as well as the environmental and social benefits generally thought of when we consider GI.

Developing a new green infrastructure typology to support climetological studies

Carlos Carlos Bartesaghi Koc, PhD student

Green infrstructure: consider the fluidity of blue-green-grey-infrastructure continuum. Principles:

  • Multifunctional
  • interconnected network
  • spatial heterogeneity

GI typoligies based on hierarchy (national park, state park etc.), use (sport facility, park etc.), accessability (public, private, open space, courtyard etc.), maintenance (high, low, natural etc)

Categories (categorised in terms of climatic function):

  • Tree canopy (TC)
  • Green open space a(GOS)
  • Water bodies (WB)
  • Green Roofs (GR)
  • Vertical greenery systems (VGS)

Further Resources

  • Kellert, S (2007), “Building for Life”
  • PhD by Pakzad and Osmond
  • Kaplan, R. and Kaplan, S (1989), “The experience of nature: a psychological perspective”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Informed Design .org
  • Terrapin Bright Green [Biophilia Research]
  • Green Infrastructure for the US <;

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