Effect of household economic indices on sustainability of community gardens

Jooseok Oh, Seiyong Kim

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As a critical tool to foster sustainable urban environments and boost quality of life for its participants, community gardening has been used in diverse fields including urban planning, design, and regeneration projects. Despite multiple researches on the issue, however, few have paid attention to its urban economic aspect which affects residents’ consistent participation. In this regards, the article analyzed key economic elements crucial for a longer-term commitment by conducting a survey on 117 participants residing in apartment complexes in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul. The results showed that the participants not only used lands within/near their houses but spaces located far from their residences. Also, a higher level of their Engel’s coefficient and the increase in the size of their cultivating lands turned out to boost the prolonged participation in their community gardening activity. Older participants and those who live with fewer family members were also found to be more proactive in community gardening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 4


  • Community garden
  • Seoul
  • sustainable landscape
  • urban regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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