Decoding the genotype of Greenway design thinking and practice: a Steadmanian frame for systematic understanding, synthesis and tracking of multidisciplinary discourse

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Journal Article

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Journal of Design Research

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The concept of Greenway has been gaining strength in its role as an organisational strategy for the matrix of open, naturalistic and urban spaces. Multi-disciplinary approaches and methods have been increasingly making their way into the Greenway design and planning. Multidisciplinary infusions and ongoing evolution of Greenway thinking, places a demand for a frame that facilitates a systematic understanding, synthesis and tracking of the changes in thinking and practice since a clear understanding of the current is fundamental to craft the future. As a response to this need of a universal frame, this paper explores and advocates a Steadmanian frame for genotype and phenotype. A targeted review of ecology-oriented Greenways is undertaken for synthesis of emergent theories, design approaches and practice over the past decade. In conclusion, the article provides clarity to the emergent multi-disciplinary knowledge base, elucidates the genotype, or core principles, of Greenway design thinking and practice, and presents an interdisciplinary universal frame for systematic articulation, presentation and tracking of multidisciplinary Greenway approaches. The article is one in the series on experiments in integration of other, scientific frames in design thinking.




Urban Studies and Planning