Weava Collection - Research on Urban Green Space (house prices, Skyrise greenery, water, water features, houses)
Master of Public Policy (MPP) | University of Oxford
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The value of trees, water and open space as reflected by house prices in the Netherlands
- . A promising option would be to develop a new attractive, green urban area with water features.
- We found the largest increases in house prices due to environmental factors (up to 28%) for houses with a garden facing water, which is connected to a sizeable lake. We were also able to demonstrate that a pleasant view can lead to a considerable increase in house price, particularly if the house overlooks water (8–10%) or open space (6–12%). In addition, the analysis revealed that house price varies by landscape type. Attractive landscape types were shown to attract a premium of 5–12% over less attractive environmental settings.
- Clearly, the most influential environmental attribute in the study is the presence of water features. This corresponds with findings from landscape psychologists. As is stressed for example by Kaplan and Kaplan (1989): “Water is a highly prized element in the landscape”. Current town developments in the Netherlands indicate that town developers are well aware of the value of water features, given the large number of plans that include water bodies.
Integrating the Built and Natural Environment | Urban Greenspaces Institute
- to address issues associated with regional growth management, protection and restoration of the region's green infrastructure, and integration of the built and natural landscapes.
A City in a Garden
- Skyrise greenery is another example of how we can add new dimensions to the green space in the city. While roof-top and vertical greenery is not a new architectural phenomenon in Singapore, the increasing adoption of skyrise greenery in new iconic buildings such as the National Library Building, and upcoming projects such as the Eco-Precinct by the Housing Development Board (HDB) and the Integrated Resort in Marina Bay augurs well for the development of skyrise greenery in the city. Ongoing research by the National Parks Board (NParks), to identify plants and planting medium to ease maintenance of skyrise greenery, aims to contribute to developments in this area.