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Green Space in Cities: under threat

Speaker Name


James Daly, University of Adelaide (AUS)


Speaker Profile


Former senior officer in the Department of Recreation and Sport, now in retirement have commenced a PhD on "The Role of the Adelaide Parklands in the 21st Century.   Published two book relative to the subject:  "Decisions and Disasters; The Alienation of the Adelaide Parklands" which was my Masters Thesis. and "Recreation and Sport Planning and Design"'.


Abstract title


Green Space in Cities: under threat




Approximately 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050 (World Urban Parks 2017).  Therefore, the challenge is to broaden the knowledge and research by adopting appropriate best practices and benchmarking in understanding the role that urban public green spaces play in building healthy liveable and sustainable communities.  Attempts to reconcile environmental concerns with urban economic development raises issues such as clean air, reduction of greenhouse emissions, climate change and flood water management which are also causally linked to health benefits.  There is an element of ‘institutional schizophrenia’ that fragments the debates on the role of green space in cities.  The question is can green spaces be justified as an important part of urban city planning? 

A short ‘tongue in cheek’ video entitled “Egypt is selling off the Pyramids” is included.

Earlier Event: October 15
Community Sport Infrastructure
Later Event: October 15
Benefits beyond the Boundaries