USING SUSTAINABLE GREEN STRATEGY TO UPGRADE BLIGHTED URBAN SPACES IN ENUGU, NIGERIA

A I Emenike, Ikechukwu O Okereke

Abstract


At the dawn of urbanisation, city planning seem to be so overwhelmed as to negate all principles of the garden city in its pursuit of utilizing every space (maximizing every inch of urban land for profit). This has led to the massive depletion of proposed and existing green spaces resulting in the profusion of urban concrete and glass jungle as our built environment. With recent studies, planners have woken up to the need of reintroducing green spaces into existing urban areas to help revitalize them. This study aims to emphasize the dire need for green spaces in all categories of urban design proposals for human and ultimately environmental gains. The methodology employed is descriptive with extensive literature review. Enugu metropolis was used as case study to show how the decaying inner core can be brought back to life. The inner parts of Enugu were laid out with well-designed green spaces. It is recommended that the city planners and designers should think of incorporating green infrastructure and use of green strategy in their urban design proposals to check the endemic blight of the city centre, and then show how this decaying green spaces can be brought back to life which will help them gain more relevance instead of their current state of neglect. A definite green guide should be formulated for their subsequent maintenance.

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