Optimising design of urban green

Project: Research

Project Details


Cities are environments in which people like to live and work. Yet, cities can also be stressful environments. Natural environments help people to relax.

So, it would be logical if we brought more nature into cities. Cities have always had green spaces (cemeteries, allotments, parks), but in present-day society many people are too busy and allow themselves too little time for going to a park. By better integrating natural elements into our everyday surroundings, nature is brought, as it were, to people instead of the other way round. In every street, for example there are some green spaces, whether it is a tree, flowerbed or hedge; forms of green spaces that people are likely to encounter in their daily lives (unawares).

This research studies how we can design green streets as well as possible, so that it helps people to relieve their daily urban stress as well as possible.
Effective start/end date1/01/1331/12/18


  • NWO Doctoral Grant for Teachers


  • urban green
  • urban design

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  • Research Output

    Preference for different urban greenscape designs: A choice experiment using virtual environments.

    van Dongen, R. & Timmermans, H., 2019, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 44, August

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Guest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    Stedelijk Groen. En wat het waard is.

    Robert van Dongen (Invited speaker)

    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationGuest lectures/talks/presentations (not at a conference)

    Housing Studies (Journal)

    Robert van Dongen (Referee)

    26 Jun 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review