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Enabling Relationships with Nature in Cities

Colding, J. M. Giusti , A. Haga, M. Wallhagen and S. Barthel . 2020. Enabling Relationships with Nature in Cities. Sustainability 12(11): 4394.

Limited exposure to direct nature experiences is a worrying sign of urbanization, particularly for children. Experiencing nature during childhood shapes aspects of a personal relationship with nature, crucial for sustainable decision-making processes in adulthood. Scholars often stress the need to ‘reconnect’ urban dwellers with nature; however, few elaborate on how this can be achieved. Here, we argue that nature reconnection requires urban ecosystems, with a...

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Applying seven resilience principles on the Vision of the Digital City

Colding, J. M. Colding and S. Barthel. 2020. Applying seven resilience principles on the Vision of the Digital City. Cities 103:102761.

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The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces

Colding. J., Å. Gren and S. Barthel. 2020. The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces. Land 9(162).

More precise explanations are needed to better understand why public green spaces are diminishing in cities, leading to the loss of ecosystem services that humans receive from natural systems. This paper is devoted to the incremental change of green spaces—a fate that is largely undetectable by urban residents. The paper elucidates a set of drivers resulting in the subtle loss of urban green spaces and...

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Applying a Systems Perspective on the Notion of the Smart City

Colding, J. M. Wallhagen, P. Sörqvist, L. Marcus,, K. Hillman, K. Samuelsson and S. Barthel. 2020. Applying a Systems Perspective on the Notion of the Smart City. Smart Cities 3(22).

This paper focuses on the need for a widened definition of the notion of technology within the smart city discourse, with a particular focus on the “built environment”. The first part of the paper describes how current tendencies in urban design and architecture are inclined to prioritize high tech-solutions at the expense of low-tech functionalities and omits that information and communication technology (ICT) contrasts the...

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Wicked Problems of Smart Cities

Colding, J., S. Barthel and P. Sörqvist. 2019. Wicked Problems of Smart Cities. Smart Cities 2 (4):512-521.

It is often uncritically assumed that, when digital technologies are integrated into the operation of city functions, they inevitably contribute to sustainable urban development. Such anotion rests largely on the belief that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions pave the way for more democratic forms of planning, and that ‘smart’ technological devices resultin a range of environmental benefits, e.g., energy efficiency and the mitigation of...

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Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes

Samuelsson, K., J. Colding and S. Barthel. 2019. Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 187 (2019) 70–80.

An unresolved issue in creating resilient cities is how to obtain sustainability benefits from densification while not eroding the capacity of social-ecological systems to generate wellbeing for urban dwellers. To understand how different relationships between urban form and wellbeing together play out, we analysed geocoded experiential data (1460 experiences from 780 respondents) together with variables of the physical environment. Through statistical and spatial analysis, we...

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How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction

Gren, Å., J. Colding, M. Berghauser-Pont, and L. Marcus. 2019. How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction. Ambio 48(6):580–589.

Smart growth (SG) is widely adopted by planners and policy makers as an environmentally friendly way of building cities. In this paper, we analyze the environmental validity of the SG-approach based on a review of the scientific literature. We found a lack of proof of environmental gains, in combination with a great inconsistency in the measurements of different SG attributes. We found that a surprisingly...

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Deceptive sustainability: Cognitive bias in people’s judgment of the benefits of CO2 emission cuts

Holmgren, M., A. Kabanshia, L. Langeborg, S. Barthel, J. Colding, O. Eriksson, and P. Sörqvist. 2019. Deceptive sustainability: Cognitive bias in people's judgment of the benefits of CO2 emission cuts. Journal of Environmental Psychology 64:48-55.

People’s beliefs in the actions necessary to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are important to public policy acceptability. The current paper addressed beliefs concerning how periods of small emission cuts contribute to the total CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, by asking participants to rate the atmospheric CO2 concentration for various time periods and emission rates. The participants thought that a time period with higher...

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Exploring the social-ecological systems discourse 20 years later

Colding, J., and S. Barthel. 2019. Exploring the social-ecological systems discourse 20 years later. Ecology and Society 24(1):2.

This paper explores the 20-year evolution of the social-ecological systems framework (SESs). Although a first definition of SES dates back to 1988, Berkes and Folke more thoroughly used the concept in 1998 to analyze resilience in local resource management systems. Since then studies of interlinked human and natural systems have emerged as a field on its own right, promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration in a...

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The smart city model: A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity?

Colding, J., M. Colding, and S. Barthel. 2018. The smart city model: A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity? . Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 10.1177/2399808318763164.

Despite several calls in this journal of debating the rapid growth of the literature on “smart cities”, such a debate has in large been absent. Smart cities are often un-critically launched as a sustainable way of developing cities. When cities become increasingly complex as its features are wired into the Internet, theories for their understanding is lagging behind. As it is prospected that a greater...