Managing the maintenance of urban open spaces

Thomas Barfoed Randrup, Andrej Christian Lindholst, Nicola Dempsey

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This chapter focuses on maintenance as the operational part of managing urban open spaces (UOS). Maintenance differs according to the characteristics of specific UOS but is also dependent on the organisation responsible. The chapter provides arguments for holistic and inclusive approaches in the future organisation of UOS maintenance operations. Specialised departments within landowning organisations, such as local governments, housing companies or cemetery organisations, typically conduct UOS maintenance routines. The state-centred, unified organisation is characterised by hierarchical and centralised organisation of responsibilities, where managers can intervene directly in maintenance operations. A variation of the state- centred hierarchical model is an organisation in which maintenance responsibilities are divided between a ‘purchaser’ and a ‘provider’ within the same department. A variation of the market-centred organisational approach involves the engagement of users in actual maintenance routines and can thus be denoted a community-centred model. The organisation of UOS maintenance has been described as being state, market or community oriented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Open Space Governance and Management
EditorsMärit Jansson, Thomas Barfoed Randrup
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date22 Apr 2020
ISBN (Print) 9780367173036
ISBN (Electronic)9780429056109
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020


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