Green public spaces and sustainable cities in South and Southeast Asia: Integrating needs and societal wellbeing
Goal: he significance of green public spaces towards sustainability is well documented in relation to both social inclusiveness and environmental promotion. Yet the relation between green public spaces, societal wellbeing, and sustainable city development is less understood. This research assumes that green public spaces can act as synergic satisfiers towards human wellbeing, in that they provide satisfaction for a diversity of needs, but how this plays out in practice may differ according to the cultural context and across social groups. With a focus on four coastal mega-cities of South and Southeast Asia, this proposal seeks to understand human needs in relation to green public spaces as a satisfier towards societal wellbeing in relation to three main questions:
How do people practice green public spaces in daily life, in relation to material arrangements, dispositions, and social norms?
Towards what needs and for whom do green public spaces act as satisfiers?
What are the implications for the management of green public spaces and urban planning, at the local and cross-regional level?