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Author(s):Asgarzadeh, Morteza; Vahdati, Kourosh; Lotfi, Mahmoud; Arab, Mostafa; Babaei, Alireza; Naderi, Farzaneh; Soufi, Mohammad Pir; Rouhani, Ghazaleh
Author Affiliation:Asgarzadeh: School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston; Vahdati, Lotfi, and Arab: Horticultural Science; Rouhani: Landscape Design, University of Tehran, Aburaihan Campus; Babaei: Horticultural Science, Tarbait Modares University, Tehran; Naderi: Kardok, Research & Scientific Institute, Sanandaj, Iran; Soufi: Forest Policy and Forest Resource Economics, Institute of Forest Economics and Forest Management Planning, Faculty of Environmental Science, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Title:Plant selection method for urban landscapes of semi-arid cities (a case study of Tehran)
Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Vol. 13, No. 3, 2014, p. 450-458.
# of Pages:9
Publishing Information:Jena, Germany: Urban & Fischer
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Analytical methods; Choice of species; Climatic change; Climatic factors; Cost efficiency; Environmental impact; Land use; Landscape design; Planning; Semiarid climates; Urban habitat; Urbanization
Abstract/Contents:"Choosing appropriate plants for urban landscapes is vital to avoid potential financial and environmental losses that may occur if all selection parameters are not taken into account. A methodology has been developed to assist landscape architects, planting designers, and urban horticulturists in the plant selection process. Tehran has been picked as a case study due to its arid and semi-arid climate which poses more challenges in front of an expert. After grouping plants, selection parameters have been defined for each plant group. Plant species were comparatively graded for each parameter by a group of eight specialists. Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) technique and hierarchical cluster analysis have been utilized to find the most adaptable plant species for the area according to the main selection parameters of zone tolerance, urban conditions, esthetics, maintenance, growth characteristics, and specific features. Several new plants were ranked high in the final tables suggesting that the urban landscape of Tehran has a great potential to become more attractive, less allergic, and less costly, as well as consuming less water. Before introducing new plants to the urban environment, they should be experimented on in small numbers for several years to confirm that they will not change the ecology of the whole region through invasion or posing a threat to any local plant species."
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Asgarzadeh, M., K. Vahdati, M. Lotfi, M. Arab, A. Babaei, F. Naderi, et al. 2014. Plant selection method for urban landscapes of semi-arid cities (a case study of Tehran). Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 13(3):p. 450-458.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2014.04.006
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