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What is urban nature and how do we perceive it?

Hoyle, Helen

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Helen Hoyle Helen.Hoyle@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built Environments



Abstract

This chapter discusses the complexities and apparent contradictions in defining ‘nature’ and ‘urban nature’ in the context of human-nature interactions. It explains why urban nature is so important to human health and well-being at this point in the twenty first century, focusing particularly on why considering nature perception is crucial if we are to plan, design and manage urban nature to prioritise people’s aesthetic appreciation, health and well-being. Nature-perceptions are then framed in relation to diversity in nature: the role of varying biodiversity, perceived biodiversity and different aesthetics of nature (specifically flowering and colour, structure and care). The significance of varying socio-cultural and geographical contextual factors in nature perception is then highlighted. The chapter closes by addressing implications for policy and practice and future research directions in relation to urban nature perception. The author draws extensively from her own and related research.

Citation

Hoyle, H. (2020). What is urban nature and how do we perceive it?. In Naturally Challenged: Contested Perceptions and Practices in Urban Green Spaces. Cities and Nature (9-36). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44480-8_2

Online Publication Date Aug 4, 2020
Publication Date Aug 4, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 5, 2022
Pages 9-36
Series Title Cities and Nature (CITIES)
Book Title Naturally Challenged: Contested Perceptions and Practices in Urban Green Spaces. Cities and Nature.
Chapter Number 2
ISBN 9783030444792
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44480-8_2
Keywords Aesthetic appreciation Perceptions Health and well-being Cultural context Biodiversity Nature interaction
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6634703
Additional Information First Online: 4 August 2020

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