Green infrastructure planning: Unveiling meaningful spaces through Foursquare users’ preferences

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Title: Green infrastructure planning: Unveiling meaningful spaces through Foursquare users’ preferences
Authors: Martí Ciriquián, Pablo | Garcia-Mayor, Clara | Nolasco-Cirugeda, Almudena | Serrano-Estrada, Leticia
Research Group/s: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio en el Espacio Litoral
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo
Keywords: Green infrastructure | Urban planning | Social sustainability | User generated content | Location Based Social Networks (LBSNs) | Foursquare
Knowledge Area: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Land Use Policy. 2020, 97: 104641. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104641
Abstract: The design of efficient Green Infrastructure —GI— systems is a key issue to achieve sustainable development city planning goals in the twenty-first century. This study’s main contribution is the identification of potential GI elements to better align the environmental, social and economic perspectives in the GI design by including information about the use, activities, preferences and presence of people. To achieve this, user generated content from Location Based Social Network —LBSN— Foursquare is used as a complementary data source. This involved the construction of an interdisciplinary correlation framework, between the Landscape Ecology principles and the GI elements, that included the classification of Foursquare data into grouping types. The classification considered the potential role of Foursquare venues in the GI network. Valencia City in Spain served as an illustrative case study to test the validity of the proposed method. The results suggest that Foursquare can provide a valuable insight on user perceptions of potential GI elements. Moreover, the findings indicate that user generated content from LBSNs like Foursquare can serve as a complementary tool for analysing the dynamics of urban outdoor spaces to assess GI network, thereby facilitating more effective urban planning and contributing to the social sustainability of the city.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the Vice-rectorate of Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Alicante (Spain), in the context of the Program for the promotion of R&D&I. This work was developed within the scope of the research project entitled: "[LIVELYCITY] Interdisciplinary methods for the study of the city through geolocated social networks", reference GRE18-19.
ISSN: 0264-8377 (Print) | 1873-5754 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104641
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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