Modelling Space Appropriation in Public Parks

F.O. Ostermann, S. Timpf

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Sustainable park management encompasses the requirement to provide equal opportunities for
access and usage of the park, regardless of age, gender or nationality of the visitors. It thereby
presents opportunities as well as problems for today’s heterogeneous global cities. The research
presented here is part of the project “Sustainable design, management and appropriation of urban
public parks” (
We assume that the specific park infrastructure in the form of design elements, behaviour settings
(in the sense of Schoggen, 1989) and management (Kaplan et al., 1998) affords specific activities
while discouraging others. By applying this knowledge to a specific spatial management, conflicts of
usage can be minimized and thus social sustainability is ensured.
Our goal therefore is to model the social interaction and resulting space usage in urban public
parks at the micro level of individuals, because an understanding of the processes of space
appropriation is important for the design and management of sustainable urban environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 10th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science
EditorsMonica Wachowicz, Lars Bodum
PublisherAssociation of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-87-819-3004-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event10th AGILE conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2007 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 May 200711 May 2007
Conference number: 10


Conference10th AGILE conference on Geographic Information Science, AGILE 2007
Abbreviated titleAGILE


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