1. bookVolume 66 (2017): Issue 3-4 (December 2017)
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Opportunities and Benefits of Green Balconies and Terraces in Urban Conditions

Published Online: 29 Dec 2017
Volume & Issue: Volume 66 (2017) - Issue 3-4 (December 2017)
Page range: 38 - 45
Received: 10 Jul 2017
Accepted: 24 Dec 2017
Journal Details
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Journal
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2466-4774
First Published
16 Apr 2016
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Summary

This study tested the hypothesis that a third dimension of urban gardening, in the form of green terraces and balconies, is of immense importance to the public well-being, mitigating climate changes and contributing to a more pleasant life in highly urbanized zones. By means of a concise questionnaire, a total of 82 respondents of different age groups (20-70 years of age) were surveyed about their opinion on green terraces, balconies, and roofs, i.e. the plants and flowers they incorporate. The fieldwork and survey responses facilitated the design of ten different spaces in various conditions. The results obtained enabled the selection of plants which could be used in given conditions, depending on wind, insolation, shade, ground levels, precipitation, etc. A total of three different terraces (out of ten) and three different balconies (out of ten) were enrolled in the study. The research results indicate that ten minutes of gardening could reduce stress levels and restore the positive energy of residents. An increase in the overall plant diversity exerts positive aesthetic and ecological effects. Inner-city areas are often sparsely vegetated, devoid of plants, and densely built-up, thus terraces and balconies have the potential to be retrofitted with suitable greenery.

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