Chapter 1. Analysis of the Implications between Declining Cities, Urban Vacant Land Uses, Green Infrastructure, and Their Impact on Climate Change Hazards


José G. Vargas-Hernández1 and Omar C. Vargas-González2
1Research professor Postgraduate and Research Division, Jose Mario Molina Pasquel and Henriquez Institute of Technology, Zapopan Unit, The Basin, Zapopan, Jalisco
2Professor Systems Department, National Technological Institute of Mexico, Mexico

Part of the book: Sustainable and Healthy Building Environments


This chapter has the aim to analyze the implications between the declining and shrinking cities, urban vacant lands, urban land uses, green infrastructures, urban green areas, and their impact on climate hazards change. The analysis departs from the basic assumption that urban vacant land sites and spaces have a negative connotation but supported by the appropriate policies and programs of incentives can turn around and develop the essential green infrastructure to enable the mitigation of climate change hazards, economic growth, and socio ecological development. The method used is the analytical-descriptive base on the theoretical and empirical literature review. It is concluded that the land uses of vacant land sites more vacationed towards urban green innovation infrastructure and forest areas contribute to mitigate the climate change hazards.

Keywords: climate change, hazards, declining cities, forest areas, green infrastructure, land use, shrinking cities, urban vacant land


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