This course introduces a comprehensive, landscape-based approach to long-range planning of the greenspace structure of cities to enhance both ecosystem and human purposes. Green Networks are an interconnected network of green patches and corridors incorporating parks, natural areas, remnant green spaces, streets and other vegetated spaces of the city. This course investigates a proactive, long-term planning approach enabling these green networks to be considered in conjunction with growth and development planning. 

This course will introduce the literature, theory and principles of green network planning, including a bit of history, governance, approaches to systemic greenspace planning, analysis and measuring, additional functions and design considerations applied at both city and neighbourhood scales. The course will also introduce the important aesthetic and psychological role that vegetation and especially trees play in the urban environment. Through projects students will analyze and measure spatial greenspace distribution and make future propositions. The instructor and guest lecturers will provide depth by presenting examples of green network planning at the scales of the city, the neighborhood and specific sites.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will understand the core concepts and approaches to greenspace planning
  • Students will understand inter-relationships between green networks and urban forestry, green infrastructure, active mobility
  • Students will know how to conduct background analysis and evaluative methods of urban green systems
  • Students will understand the foundational components of a green network plan

Open to the following student groups: All of SALA