Archana Sharma

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Greenway lies at the intesection of citified nature and naturalized city, which is a powerful performative position to occupy. Yet the current discourse, largely approaches Greenway as a program that is inserted in the urban fabric to form a micro-scale connective between homogenous or heterogenous landscape. This article is motivated by the nostalgic reality of agricultural times when the urban pattern was guided by rivers and floodplains, and explores the counter programming position on cities which is inserting urban fabric into the greenway or landscape matrix. The design with nature and for all biotic species theses of Ian McHarg and Richard Forman has already laid the foundation for further discussion on landscape patterns and city planning. Yet, current discussion on the topic is not voluminous or critical enough. This article addresses the gap by explicitly investigating greenways patterns and its position in informing future design/ planning of cities. In conclusion, Greenways patterns are diagrammed and synthesized as a template to study urban landscape patterns. Green Network Oriented Zoning -GNOZO map, a combination of greenway pattern, land valuation economics, land suitability analyses, and eco-civic optimization, is put forth as a potential framework for designing and planning future city development.



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