Greening Cities

Forms and Functions

  • Puay Yok Tan
  • Chi Yung Jim

Part of the Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements book series (ACHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Chi Yung Jim, Puay Yok Tan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Urban Greening as a Component of Urban Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Yuanqiu Feng, Puay Yok Tan
      Pages 41-70
  4. The Functions of Urban Green Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Christine A. Vogt, Cybil Kho, Angelia Sia
      Pages 95-111
    3. Peter Werner, John G. Kelcey
      Pages 131-154
    4. Brenda B. Lin, Stacy M. Philpott, Shalene Jha, Heidi Liere
      Pages 155-179
    5. Wendy Y. Chen
      Pages 181-199
  5. The Forms of Urban Green Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Kuei-Hsien Liao, Shinuo Deng, Puay Yok Tan
      Pages 203-226
    3. Abdul Rahim Hamid, Puay Yok Tan
      Pages 251-277
    4. Swinal Samant, Robert Brears
      Pages 331-356
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Puay Yok Tan, Chi Yung Jim
      Pages 359-366
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-372

About this book


This book offers an overview of recent scientific and professional literature on urban greening and urban ecology, focusing on diverse disciplines such as landscape architecture, geography, urban ecology, urban climatology, biodiversity conservation, urban governance, architecture and urban hydrology. It includes contributions in which academics, public policy experts and practitioners share their considerable knowledge on the multi-faceted aspects of greening cities. The book is organized in three main parts: concepts, functions and forms of urban greening. The first part examines the historical roots of greening cities and how the burgeoning field of urban ecology can contribute useful principles and strategies to guide the planning, design and management of urban greening. The second part shifts the focus to the diverse range of services – the functions – provided by urban greening, such as those related to urban climate, urban biodiversity, human health, and community building. The final part explores conventional, often neglected, but important forms of urban greenery such as urban woodlands and urban farms, as well as relatively recent forms of urban greenery like those integrated with buildings and waterways. It offers a ready reference resource for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to grasp the critical issues and trigger further studies and applications in the quest for high-performance green cities.


Biodiversity Conservation Blue-green Infrastructure Green Infrastructure Greening Cities Landscape Design Liveability and Sustainability Urban Development Urban Ecological Networks Urban Greenery

Editors and affiliations

  • Puay Yok Tan
    • 1
  • Chi Yung Jim
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.The University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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