Green Wedges in Urbanism

Green Wedges in Urbanism - Image supplied by Dr Fabiano Lemes
Image by Dr Fabiano Lemes


The project aims to uncover the yet untold history of green wedges in urbanism and investigate how green wedges can offer an alternative model of integrating urban development and nature for existing and new towns, cities and regions.

There is a need to develop a history of the green wedge model of green space planning as there is no overarching discourse about its development, nor about its roles and functions in contemporary planning despite the fact that this model has been used consistently since the beginning of the 20th century to date. Furthermore, how green wedges can have a positive impact in air quality, access to green spaces, the promotion of active recreation, increasing ecological habitats, in mitigating the effects of climate change and in promoting sustainable cities needs to be better understood.

The project involves archival research for identification and analysis of primary sources from key projects, a literature review about the uses of green wedges in city planning in order to bring together currently fragmented knowledge about this model of green space planning, interviews with key governmental personnel and practitioners involved with the management of existing and planning of new green wedges in order to determine the current understanding of decision-makers about the model and to understand how they believe it can help address their city’s needs, analysis of case studies and field work for the identification of functions and roles of green wedges today.

The preliminary project results have been disseminated in conference presentations, guest lectures and journal articles. A book entitled ‘Green Wedge Urbanism’ is in preparation and will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

Key Details

  • PI: Dr Fabiano Lemes
  • Funding: Faculty Research Accelerator Fund (RAF), £5,360
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Impact: The project has generated interest in the field, including from a think tank researching natural environment and planning policy. The project is expected to impact on planning policy nationally and internationally regarding green space planning and on the design, management and use of green wedges.

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