chapter  12
13 Pages

Green Plot Ratio and MUtopia: the integration of green infrastructure into an ecological model for cities

ByBOON LAY ONG, OLE FRYD, DOMINIQUE HES, TUAN DUC NGO AND LU AYE

As urban population continues to grow in terms of both number and percentage of people on the planet, the role of urban greenery will grow in terms of significance. Unfortunately, the value of urban greenery is currently contested – on the one hand, the environmental and ecological value of greenery is well established, but on the other hand, urban greenery is a man-made construction that consumes much energy and resources and, not uncommonly, further contributes to pollution through the use of pesticides. A significant value of ecosystem services through greenery is that its presence promotes an aesthetic response as part of our overall attraction to nature, or biophilia.