Positive Development: From Vicious Circles to Virtuous Cycles through Built Environment Design

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Routledge, May 16, 2012 - Nature - 432 pages
Janis Birkeland presents the innovative new paradigm of 'Positive Development' in which the built environment provides greater life quality, health, amenity and safety for all without sacrificing resources or money. With a different form of design, development itself can become a 'sustainability solution'. A cornerstone of this new paradigm is the eco-retrofitting of the vast urban fabric we already inhabit. The author presents a revolutionary new tool called SmartMode to achieve this end. This book challenges everyone working in or studying the areas of sustainable development, planning, architecture or the built environment to rethink their current ideas and practices.
 

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Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Readers Map
Introduction
1DesignforEcoservices
2The Case forEcoretrofitting
3SustainableUrban Form
9SustainabilityReporting
10FuturesThinkingTools
11EcoserviceTradingSchemes
12BioregionalPlanning
13Constitutionfor Ecogovernance
14ReversingResourceTransfers
15TheSmartModeProcess
Glossary

4DevelopmentStandardsand Criteria
5BuildingRating Tools
6DesignMethods
7UrbanSustainabilityAssessment
8RegionalSustainabilityAudits
Notes
BiographiesofContributors
Index
Copyright

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Janis Birkeland worked consecutively as artist, advocacy planner, architect, urban designer, city planner and attorney in San Francisco before entering academia in Australia. She has authored over 100 publications on built environment and sustainability and wrote the highly successful and widely adopted Design for Sustainability (Earthscan, 2002). She is now Professor of Architecture at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

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