Exploring Suitable Indicators for Residential Development and Resilient Landscape: A Case Study in Orlando Metropolitan Region

Luwei Wang, Timothy Murtha, Emre Tepe

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This study examines the form and distribution of public parks in the Orlando Metropolitan Region in Central Florida, USA, to understand the impact of residential land use on the local landscape. Research examining the landscape impacts of rapid urbanization is critical for a holistic understanding of planning and design. However, we have not yet thoroughly examined the urban landscape to assess the full impact of urbanization regionally. Here, a novel methodology is proposed to evaluate the relationship between residential development and public parks based on the cumulative metropolitan structures (e. g., urban sprawl) in the study region. Three metropolitan zones in Orlando Region, namely the core, intermediate and periphery, are defined, examining the structure, form, and distribution of parks in those zones. Two key indicators: park service areas and their proximity to residential development are explored and measured. The spatial distribution of residential development in each of the three zones is also analyzed to examine the influence of metropolitan patterns on park accessibility and prox-imity. These emerging spatial measures offer a broader angle to address landscape inequality and resilience in future design and planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Digital Landscape Architecture
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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