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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

A review of the concept 'management' in relation to urban landscapes and green spaces: Toward a holistic understanding

Jansson, Märit; Lindgren, Therese


The management of urban landscapes concerns existing urban open spaces such as public parks, playgrounds and residential green spaces. It involves many different actors and organizations and its practice is of importance for the sustainable development of cities. As a research field, it needs further theoretical development and common definitions. For example, the central term 'management' is seldom defined in the relevant literature regarding an urban landscape context, and public participation in management processes is unusual. This paper introduces urban landscape management as an overarching concept that brings together knowledge about management of urban landscapes from fields such as urban forestry, park management and landscape planning. Based on a literature review, a common understanding of management in an urban landscape context is proposed, including organizational and strategic aspects of managerial activities. Our approach is that urban landscapes are ultimately managed to provide user benefits. Urban landscape management can be viewed as a complex process that includes a number of different actors, elements and relationships, mutually affecting each other. This view supports future studies of urban landscape management and its role in sustainable urban development. (C) 2012 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.


Green open space; Landscape management; Landscape planning; Sustainable development

Published in

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
2012, volume: 11, number: 2, pages: 139-145

Authors' information

Lindgren, Therese
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Management, Design and Construction

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture

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