Planning cities for playfulness
Increasing numbers of the world's children grow up in cities. Outdoor urban environments are therefore of growing importance for children's day-to-day mobility.
Putting children on the map
A number of Swedish municipalities are using a method called “Children's maps in GIS” to find out how children feel about and use their outdoor environment.
Landscape characterisation methods
SLU researchers are developing methods of describing landscape character, i.e. the patterns and structures that distinguish one landscape from another.
Social life promoted in urban oases
A new phenomenon, known as the community garden concept, may serve as a breeding ground for ecological awareness, creativity and social life in the urban environment.
Urban cows and wind mills arouse strong feelings
Farm animals grazing in the park and new wind farms change the landscape and sometimes spark conflicts. Dr Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin, landscape researcher at SLU in Alnarp, is examining ways of reconciling stakeholder interests.
Better walking in farming regions
City dwellers need to get out into the countryside, even in flat country, where it is otherwise difficult to avoid asphalted highways.
An intact landscape for animals
The road network creates barriers in the green infrastructure for animals. The more fragmented the landscape, the more difficult it is for populations to survive.
Late grazing good for flora
Species diversity in dry or mesic, nutrient poor grasslands in the pastoral landscape would increase if grazing animals were let out to pasture later in the season.
Children need secret places
It is important that cities have areas where children are able to create their own places, where it does not matter if it looks a little untidy.