Green Infrastructure as a Planning Response to Urban Warming: A Case Study of Taipei Metropolis

Shih, Wan-Yu and Mabon, Leslie (2021). Green Infrastructure as a Planning Response to Urban Warming: A Case Study of Taipei Metropolis. In: Ito, Keitaro ed. Urban Biodiversity and Ecological Design for Sustainable Cities. Tokyo: Springer Japan, pp. 335–352.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56856-8_15

Abstract

As concern increases over high temperatures in cities due to a combination of climate change and urban heat island effects, there is a rising interest in the cooling services that green infrastructure may provide. This article evaluates this role for green infrastructure as part of strategic land use planning to counter urban warming, through consideration of the case of Taipei Metropolis. Based on the findings from Taipei, this chapter argues that whilst strategic greenspace planning may indeed offer significant potential in cooling urban environments, this needs to be considered within a wider context of urban development patterns, meso-scale climate, and geographical features. Moreover, Taipei also illustrates the challenges of developing land use interventions—and indeed decision-making processes themselves—that ensure benefit to the most vulnerable people of the society. It is also cautioned that greening does not offer a universal solution to the problems of urban warming, and that awareness ought to be shown to the importance of balancing up different ecosystem services in planning processes.

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