Framework for capacity based sustainable design & development ; towards resilient communities

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    Abstract

    The most fundamental struggle for realizing a sustainable built environment still lies in the use of non-renewable resources in its articulation. Although effort has been taken to increase the use of sustainable materials (bio based, C2C, etc.) the vast majority of the building sector still relies heavily on steel and concrete. This article debates that the most fundamental contributors to sustainable development are the evaluation and incorporation of inhabitant capacities. Evaluating the proximity of available natural materials, inhabitant skills and tools could play a fundamental role in creating (social) sustainable societies and environments. However, inhabitant capacity models insufficiently cover the various capacities into one model (both inhabitant and community). Therefore, this article describes: a framework for evaluating inhabitant capacities; how to map available resource capacities; how these capacities can be incorporated into sustainable housing development and planning. The framework was developed as a part of a support tool, which helps designers and engineers to evaluate inhabitant capacities. To describe the framework and support tool a rural Sub- Saharan community is used- their capacities are relatively less complex compared to a ‘western’ or urban context. Moreover the articulated built environment is relatively uncomplicated. The article concludes that the framework shows great potential in reducing the use of unsustainable materials. Moreover, that it could enable
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment SDBE 2017
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
    EditorsH. Elsharkawy, S. Zahiri, J. Clough
    Pages119-131
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-9997971-0-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Dec 201721 Dec 2017

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment
    Abbreviated titleSDBE 2017
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period20/12/1721/12/17

    Keywords

    • inhabitant capacities
    • resource capacities
    • social sustainability
    • resilient communities
    • self-reliance

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