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Ultimately, successful urban greening comes down to the activities that happen in parks, greenbelts, open spaces, community gardens, and even the spaces around street trees. Attitudes and activities of citizens are important, as a city government rarely has the resources to do all necessary planting and management. Nontraditional greening settings, such as roof gardens, offer nature benefits in the most compact urban environments.


The list below highlights recent ALPHA faculty publications. Each citation has an English abstract link (pdf).

Comparison of Nature Restoration Projects in Urban Areas of Japan, China, and Korea. Ichinose, T., Shen, Y., Kyung-Rok, Y., & Kinoshita, T. Journal of Landscape Architecture in Asia, (2007) 3: 186.  pdf

The Study on the Influences of Citizens’ Gardening Use in the Street Trees Planting Plots to the Street Trees’ Growth and Citizens’ Thoughts to These Influences in Kobe City. Matsui, M., & Hirata, F. Landscape Research Japan, (2006) 69 (5): 631.  pdf

A Study into Changes Relating to Open-Air Sculpture Installations within Parks and Open Spaces (in Kobe) Since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995. Ishizaki, N., Fukui, W., & Saito, Y. Landscape Research Japan, (2006) 69 (5): 383.  pdf

Report on the Result of Practical Experiment to Developing of Conversion System from Rooftop Space to Rental Farm Garden. Hirata, F., Iwasaki, Y., Tachibana, T., & Saito, Y. Landscape Planning & Horticulture, (2004) 5: 1.  pdf

Questionnaire Survey of Growing Plants by Neighborhoods Around Street Trees in Kyoto-City. Oyabu, T., Shimomura, T., & Komatsu, S. Landscape Research Japan, (2004) 67 (5): 717.  pdf

Comparative Study of Community Gardens in San Francisco and Rental Farms/Community Flowerbeds in Kobe City. Hirata, F., & Cheng, S. International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, Proceedings of World Congress in Hamamatsu (2004): 1.  pdf

Actual Condition of Growing Plants by Neighborhoods Around Street Trees in Kyoto City. Shimomura, T., Komatsu, S., & Oyabu, T. Journal of Japanese Society of People-Plant Relationships, (2004) 3 (2): 6.  pdf

Community Gardens in San Francisco and the Role of Garden Coordinators. Hirata, F., & Cheng, S. Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan, (2003) 38 (3): 751.  pdf

  last revised August 2, 2008
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