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Martha, S. (2011, July). The Softer Side of Sustainability & the Hardworking Urban Landscape, CITYGREEN: Parks - Enhancing Liveability in Cities, 3, 122-127.

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Parks - Enhancing Liveability in Cities
Issue 3
Featured Writers: Peter Harnik, Peter How, Fred Kent, Joerg Rekittke and Martha Schwartz   ISBN
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Planning Green Open Spaces for South East Asian Capital Cities
Strategies to green up urban open spaces in our region
Author: David E. Aldous

Page number:10-15


Learning From The Success of The World's Great Parks
Key lessons from Central Park New York, Luxembourg Gardens Paris and Hong Kong Park, among others
Authors: Fred Kent and Kathy Madden (Project for Public Spaces, PPS) and Dana Kitzes

Page number:16-23


Encouraging Green Open Spaces: Parks in Shanghai
A look at sustainability-driven parks and initiatives in Shanghai
Author: Geoff Ng

Page number:24-29


An Excerpt: Urban Parks in the 21st Century United States
A Peek at Harnik's Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities
Author: Peter Harnik (The Trust for Public Land)

Page number:30-31


The Importance of Planning: A City in a Garden
Planning, designing and programming attractive parks in land-scarce Singapore
Author: Lim You Ling (Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore)

Page number:32-39


A Place for Leisure, Culture and Entertainment: Cairns Esplanade
The redevelopment of Cairns Esplanade into an icon of the place
Author: Stephen White (Tract Consultants)

Page number:40-45


Past, Present, Future: The Singapore Botanic Gardens
The evolution and lasting relevance of our Singapore Botanic Gardens
Author: Peter How (CPG Consultants Pte Ltd)

Page number:46-53


A Walk Through the Years in Singapore's Parks: Interview With Kong Yit San
Insights into the transformation of Singapore's parks since the 1980's
Author: Ho Rui An

Page number:54-63


The Need to Improve Our Oversight of These Spaces: Playground Area Standards Update
Why it is important and how to make public spaces safer for our children and elderly
Author: Kenneth S. Kutsa (International Playground Safety Institute, LLC)

Page number:64-69


Encouraging Public Appreciation: Interpretation and Education in Parks
Methods to help parks reach out to the public and students
Author: Janice C. K. Yau

Page number:70-75


Adding Value to Parks Through Understanding User Needs
Methods of evaluating and improving parks for their users
Author: Victor Tan (National Parks Board)

Page number:76-81


Benchmarking Sustainable landscapes: Green Mark For Parks
Using a triple-bottom line approach to assess and benchmark parks on sustainability
Authors: Neil Power and Kannagi Sekar (National Parks Board)

Page number:82-87


Small Details, Big Results: Landscape Lighting
See several considerations behind light and good lighting design
Author: Fernando Rojo (Light Cibles)

Page number:88-92


A Focus on Planning and Design: Facilitating Safety
Thinking about safety and risk issues in good design
Author: Michael Behm (East Carolina University)

Page number:94-97


Community Engagement and Health Promotion in Parks and Gardens: Population Health and Nature in the Urban Environment
Taking a leaf from initiatives by the South Australian government
Authors: Adam Dwyer (Southern Primary Health), Graeme Hopkins and Christine Goodwin (Fifth Creek Studio)

Page number:98-103


Ecological Restoration in New Zealand: Parks for Biodiversity
Ecological efforts in Karori Wildlife Santuary, Kaikatiki Project and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park
Author: James Wang (National Parks Board)

Page number:104-109


Revisit and Discover: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
A place to learn about Singapore's mangrove history and Wetlands biodiversity
Authors: Sharon Chan and Edwin Lee (National Parks Board)

Page number:110-115


A Landscape Architect's Vision for Singapore's City Centre: Orchard Central Park
Imagining green possibilities for the dynamic Orchard Road shopping belt
Author: Joerg Rekittke (National University of Singapore)

Page number:116-121


The Role of the Public Realm Landscape: The Softer Side of Sustainability and the Hard Working Urban Landscape
The challenge to integrate hard and soft systems to design and create meaningful public spaces
Author: Martha Schwartz (Martha Schwartz Partners)

Page number:122-127