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Chimura, Rie, 2022. Intermediate Community Use during Brownfield Remediation Phytoremediation’s Applicability Analysis in the Post-Industrial City of Malmö. First cycle, G2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



The general understanding of brownfield is a contaminated site often due to former industrial
occupation. Brownfields are the environmental issue and redevelopment target in post-industrial
cities, and the situation of Malmö, a former industrial city, is no exception.
Phytoremediation, applying plants to remove contaminants from soil and water, is an
environmentally friendly method compared to other remediation techniques considering the
disturbance to soil biodiversity, which provides ecosystem services in a city.
Phytoremediation’s application is limited to the sites with minor to moderate contamination and
often requires an extended application time and careful management of plants, which are considered
weaknesses, compared to one-time application remediation methods. However, taking these features
as an advantage, intermediate use of brownfields of communities, contributing to creating identity
in the area, during the treatment may be possible in the form of a park, community gardens as
This thesis investigates if phytoremediation is suitable for remediating brownfields with a
temporal to permanent spatial use during the application in the post-industrial city of Malmö by
understanding brownfields, their use, and remediation structure and methods by literature studies
and reviews, case studies and GIS analysis.
Phytoremediation of brownfields, where their state generates proactive attitudes of people in the
post-industrial environment, exhibits an opportunity for understanding Swedish contaminated areas
not only as contaminated lands. The landowner’s and municipality’s broader understanding of
brownfields may support bottom-up initiatives that form identity through interaction with the site.
Acknowledging brownfields’ state of vacancy without filling them with a fixed function and the
phytoremediation method may change the situation and approach to brownfields with minor to
moderate risks, often neglected due to the current remediation measure. The recognition of
brownfields from ecological, spatial, sociological and economic standpoints may add a new layer of
identity in revitalising the post-industrial city of Malmö.

Main title:Intermediate Community Use during Brownfield Remediation Phytoremediation’s Applicability Analysis in the Post-Industrial City of Malmö
Authors:Chimura, Rie
Supervisor:Larsson, Marie
Examiner:Ode Sang, Åsa
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:None
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:applicability analysis of phytoremediation, brownfield remediation, intermediate community use, landscape architecture, post-industrial city of Malmö
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:20 May 2022 08:29
Metadata Last Modified:21 May 2022 01:00

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