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Join us in Malaga for a journey into Sustainability 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the name given to the new era of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including the Internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, cloud- and cognitive computing. This is or it is expected to be the fourth industrial revolution … Ok, nice, but what about sustainability? When it comes to sustainability, still today the cornerstones of the discussion are the concept of a sustainable development (1987, 31 years ago) and the triple bottom line (1994, 24 years ago)…

El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas (Junquera Arquitectos) – Port of Malaga

With RESTORE we are going further, envisioning a restorative/regenerative sustainability, where we are required to do “more good” instead of “less bad” if we really intend to subvert the current pace in the fight against the climate change, recovering an approach that is both human and natural. We know that the building industry is rapidly moving towards a full digitalization, where tools (the means) look sometimes more important than purposes. How can digitalization follow through this transition in the concept of sustainability? Is the new generation of skilled professionals of the digital design age capable to embed the new principles of sustainability in their every day work? How can we restore a balanced relationship between humans and nature – inside and outside our buildings, districts, communities – exploiting the new tools that industry 4.0 make us available? Is a (digital) sustainability 4.0 feasible?

Join us in Malaga next 15-19 October for the International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice to discover it 😉

Plastic model of Malaga РEdificio M̼ltiple de Servicios Municipales

The main focus of the Conference Week in Malaga, organized in the frame of Cost Action CA16114 RESTORE CA16114, is the Digital Implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the practice of design. Via the integrated use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the discussed challenges are to adapt to climate change, improve outdoor microclimate qualities and indoor health/ wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

What: International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice
When: 15-19 Oct 2018
Where: in Malaga at
– Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071 (from October, 15th to 18th)
– OMAU – Camino de la Desviación s/n. 29017 (October, 19th)

Participation is free of charge upon registration here on Eventbrite, but places are limited. For updates / news / photos, check out #RESTOREMalaga
Special side event on Friday 19th: Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel Sánchez La Chica.

Program:

Monday 15-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Integrated Parametric Modelling‘.

Presenters: Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Martin Brown (Fairsnape, UK) and Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Jonathan Natanian (TUM, Munich, DE), Silvia Vian (Foster + Partners, UK), Luca Finocchiaro (NTNU, Trondheim, NO), Dimitra Theochari (Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, DE), Negar Mohtashami (RWTH, Aachen, DE), Herman Calleja (ChapmanBDSP, UK), Pietro Florio (EPFL, Lausanne, CH), Angelo Figliola (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Jonas Gremmelspacher (Lund University, SE), Juan Pablo Sepulveda Corradini (AECOM, AU)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Tuesday 16-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Climate Adaptation‘.

Presenters: Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA), Theodorus Galanos (Construction Company, EL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, DE), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Chris Kongsgaard (DTU, Kongens Lyngby, DK), Antoine Dao (Mallzee, UK), Daniele Iori (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Ilya Dunichkin (MGSU, Moscow, RU), Katharina Manecke (GIZ, DE)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Edificio Múltiple de Servicios Municipales, Ayuntamiento de Málaga

Wednesday 17-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Life Cycle Impact Reduction‘.

Presenters: Alexander Hollberg (ETH Zürich, CH), Panu Pasanen (OneClickLCA, FI), Tiziano Dalla Mora (University of Venice, IT), Lisanne Havinga (TU/e, Eindhoven, NL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Kasimir Forth (TUM, Munich, DE), Andrea Meneghelli (POLIMI, Milan, IT), Mateusz Ploszaj-Mazurek (Warsaw University of Technology, PL), Alina Galimshina (ETH, Zürich, CH)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Thursday 18-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Wellbeing‘.

Presenters: Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, IT), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Eugenijus Sapel (Vesta Consulting, LT), Szabina Varnagy (ABUD, HU), Clement Jaffrelo (Sinteo, FR), Vincenzo Costanzo (University of Catania, IT)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, Málaga

Friday 19-10-2018 / 09:00 – 15:30


Final Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Competition‘.

Presenters: Carlo Battisti (Eurac Research, IT), Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA)

SPECIAL LOCATION: OMAU – Camino de la Desviación s/n. 29017.

Friday 18-10-2018 / 15:30 – 17:00


Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel Sánchez La Chica

SPECIAL LOCATION: Malaga Cathedral – Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015.

We are looking forward to welcome you joining us in the journey into Sustainability 4.0 #RESTOREMalaga #CostRestore 🙂

Escuela de Arquitectura en Málaga

La World Green Building Week del Collaborative.

La World Green Building Week (24 – 30 settembre 2018) è un evento annuale che motiva e dà a tutti noi la possibilità di realizzare edifici più ecologici.

La WGBW ci chiama tutti all’azione, per prendere provvedimenti e impegnarci a creare un cambiamento nelle case che costruiamo, affittiamo o nelle quali viviamo. Tutti noi possiamo fare qualcosa per rendere la nostra casa una casa più verde, più sana e più efficiente dal punto di vista energetico.

Sapevi che gli edifici, incluse le case in cui viviamo, rappresentano circa il 40% del consumo energetico globale? Questo è oltre un terzo delle emissioni mondiali di gas serra. Il consumo medio di elettricità globale per nucleo familiare è di 3.500 kWh – ovvero 2,6 tonnellate di CO2 o l’equivalente di 10.300 km percorsi da un’automobile media. Se tutti riducessimo il consumo del 20%, il risparmio energetico sarebbe pari a poco più di mezzo metro di CO2 per famiglia: equivalgono a 2.050 km di guida o 21,5 bombole di propano utilizzate per i barbecue casalinghi. Dai un’occhiata a questo pratico calcolatore e calcola la tua impronta di carbonio. Ti torna?

Tutti possono fare qualcosa per rendere la loro casa più verde. Non possiamo cambiare il mondo da un giorno all’altro, ma tutti possiamo fare la nostra parte, per quanto piccola sia all’inizio. Puoi risparmiare energia e denaro, creare uno spazio più sano in cui vivere e rendere il pianeta una casa più verde, migliore e più sicura per le generazioni a venire. È facile quando sai come.

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy partecipa alla WGBW 2018 con due attività:

“Costruire il vivere in “green” out-indoor”, organizzato da Istituto Nazionale di Bioarchitettura (INBAR), con un’introduzione su Living Building Challenge di Francesco Perozzo, LBC Ambassador e membro del Collaborative.

Venerdì 28.09 ore 15-18
Sala Conferenze Basement
Via Giorgio Giulini, 6, Milano
Programma
L’evento sarà anche trasmesso in streaming sulla pagina Facebook di INBAR qui.

L’evento ha come obiettivo la diffusione al grande pubblico dei parametri e criteri legati alla costruzione edilizia a basso impatto sulla salute e sull’ambiente e intende spiegare queste problematiche grazie alla partecipazione di alcuni rappresentanti dei protocolli energetici ambientali più importanti, di professionisti esperti del settore e di aziende in linea con questi principi.

LBCCI Monthly meeting (la riunione mensile del Collaborative)

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCC Italy) è un gruppo di professionisti locali volontari impegnati per la sostenibilità, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge. Il LBCC Italy fornisce un forum unico di confronto “dal vivo” per facilitare il cambiamento nell’ambiente costruito. LBC è lo standard di sostenibilità più avanzato al mondo. Mentre al momento ci sono pochi edifici certificati LBC, il numero di gruppi che sta cercando di realizzare in varie parti del mondo le condizioni del Living Building Challenge cresce ogni anno.

Mercoledì 26.09 ore 17:30-18:30
c/o ILFI, NOI Techpark (e in video conferenza)
Via Volta 13A, Bolzano
per informazioni: LBCCItaly@gmail.com

#HomeGreenHome #WGBW2018

Unisciti al movimento!

Per maggiori informazioni su World Green Building Week e su come partecipare, visita www.worldgbc.org/worldgreenbuildingweek

The 2019 Klimahouse Startup Award call is open!

A focus on innovation and people. Thirty-two startups from all over Europe at Klimahouse 2019.

“The Human Factor”: for the third edition of the Klimahouse Startup Award the call for participation is open until 5 November. The best technologies that bring together buildings, people and nature will compete for a prize worth €30,000. The manager of Fiera Bolzano, Thomas Mur, comments, “Building in harmony with nature is in the DNA of the people of South Tyrol.”

Thirty-two startups from all over Europe at the centre of Klimahouse 2019. Now at its third edition, the Klimahouse Startup Award grows threefold and dominates the central area of this European event dedicated to energy-efficient building. Hence, the Startup Village becomes a real centre of innovation at the Fiera Bolzano (Bolzano Trade Fair). The 4-day showcase will include themed meetings and matchmaking between startups, companies and strategic partners for the green startups of the future, which will see an increase from the 10 participating last year to 32 at the 2019 edition. The call for participation for the Award, which, this year, involves a total prize amount of €30,000 in services, is now officially open and startups can apply at the following link. The theme of this edition, scheduled from 23 to 26 January, will be “The Human Factor“: therefore, the focus will be on the consequences for people of technologies dedicated to smart building, smart living and the smart city. A new feature will be included: the prize awarded by the public, who will be called on to vote on the days of the event. Moreover, the special Agenzia CasaClima prize has been confirmed.

Thomas Mur, Director of Fiera Bolzano explains, “We want to give scope to innovation that focuses on people and especially on their habitat. Given the excellent response in recent years, we have decided to further expand the spaces provided. Building in harmony with nature is in the DNA of the people of South Tyrol: man and the environment play leading roles in our eco-system and, last year, the NOI (Nature of Innovation) Techpark opened, the first science park inspired by nature. It is a place where companies and research centres, startups and universities work together to build a better and sustainable future for everyone”. The scientific director of the event, Luca Barbieri, comments, “This edition will be increasingly international and well-attended. The Klimahouse Startup Award involves the partnership of leading business incubators in Central Europe, focusing on young entrepreneurs and well-established companies and thus creating a virtuous circle where ideas acquire shape and substance.  In this way, innovation proves to be what it should be: positive change based on people and their wellbeing.”

The 2019 edition of the award is promoted in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute, a non-governmental organisation founded in Seattle that is present in Europe with an office at NOI Techpark as of this year. Since 2006, it has been promoting Living Building Challenge, the strictest and most advanced standard certifying sustainability applied to buildings. As confirmation of the partnership, the CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, author of the book entitled Creating Biophilic Buildings, will make the opening address at the final of the Klimahouse Startup Award scheduled for 25 January. 

The Klimahouse Startup Award: the call for participation

The Klimahouse Startup Award 2019 is open to all startups operating in the following sectors: building, energy, services, IT and the IoT, provided that they apply to the field of energy-efficient and sustainable building. Startups are all companies based in the EU, established not before the year 2014, whose main activity strongly features innovation. Applications must be submitted by 6pm on 5 November 2018 using the form published at the address

http://www.fierabolzano.it/klimahouse/en/startup-award.htm

The participation fee is €999 + VAT: the full amount will be refunded to the ten startups selected for the final on 25 January. By 19 November 2018, a technical jury will select the 32 startups called to exhibit their services and products in Bolzano from 23 – 26 January 2019 at Klimahouse in the Startup Village in the Fiera Bolzano halls. Every day, several session pitches will be held to allow the participating startups to introduce themselves to the public at Klimahouse: during the first three days of the event, the technical panel of judges will select the ten startups to compete for the first prize during the final that will take place at NOI Techpark. The startup finalists will be judged by the panel on an elevator pitch and on a subsequent Q&A session. This year, for the first time, the public will also vote. Visitors and exhibitors will be able to assign a symbolic “Public Prize” by voting using the specific cards on the first three days of the event. Info: Klimahousestartupaward@klimahouse.it.

The total prize amount of the event, in services, is €30,000. The winner will have a fully set up stand, with additional services and hospitality, at the Klimahouse 2020 editions, advertising services in the catalogue and on the official website of the event, as well as 150 invitation vouchers, a visibility package with a press release and a video interview, all for the 2020 edition. In addition, the winner will be able to take part in ComoCasaClima scheduled to take place in Erba (CO), from 15 – 17 November 2019. The Klimahouse Startup Award is organised by Fiera di Bolzano, IDM Alto Adige-Südtirol and Blum.

What does good look like?

Living Buildings in Europe, the autumn workshop series.

Thanks to you, the International Living Future Institute works every day to realise the climate action defined by the Paris Accords. We lead the direction toward products, buildings and communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

With this vision as our guide, we can enact truly transformational change.

Now, the Living Future Institute Europe is poised to unify a regenerative standard across a continent that is already leading the way to resilient built environments. We invite you to partner with LFI Europe to support this transformation and bring global solutions to a global problem.

Oct 17, 2018 Barcelona, Spain

We are excited to announce that this October, we are hosting a series of Living Building Challenge Workshops and events across the continent. Here, you will learn:

  • How to create truly biophilic and regenerative buildings and communities
  • How to become a Zero Energy leader
  • How to achieve a Net Positive Water demand
  • How to select Healthy Materials

Oct 19, 2018 Malaga, Spain

These workshops are aimed at architects, engineers, developers and product manufacturers interested in innovative and transformative solutions, providing insights from leaders in the green building community through real-world examples. Workshop participants will receive instruction on the actionable tools and techniques that can be applied in your local context.

Oct 23, 2018 Paris, France

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 24, 2018 Eindhoven, Netherlands

Spaces are limited for this unique training opportunity; please RSVP TODAY.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reserve your seat.

For further information about these events and the Living Future Institute Europe initiative:

International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
carlo.battisti@living-future.org
https://living-future.org/living-future-europe/

Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice.

Apply for the 2nd RESTORE Training School 🙂

Supported by  the Institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT) of The Royal Danish Academy (KADK) and COST RESTORE Action CA16114.

Are you a European professional or a researcher with demonstrated experience in Regenerative Design? Or have you been applying Grasshopper based modelling of Outdoor Climate,  LCA-Circular Economy, or Indoor Wellbeing? Do you have experience in Grasshopper based integrated design? If the answer is yes to any of this question, and you would like to exchange and further develop your research and practical skills in an intensive design competition, this Training School in Malaga (15th to 19th of October, 2019) is for you. By the way, you will be co-funded with 800 euros to participate in 5 days of pure design and modelling,  digital tutorials from the international trainers and scientific conferences.

Click here for details and apply by August 5th, 2018.

The International Trainers

Emanuele Naboni (KADK), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools and Payette, USA),  Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Negendhal Kristoffer (BIG, Denmark), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Martin Brown(Fairsnape, UK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, Germany), Daniele Santucci (TU Munich, Germany), Munch-Peterson Palle (Henning Larsen and KADK, Denmark), Alexander Hollberg (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Panu Pasanen (One Click LCA, Finland), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, Italy).

Regenerative Design: from Theory to the Digital Practice.

The aim of the conferences and the training school is the digital implementation of Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the transformation of existing sites. Via the use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the challenges are to improve outdoor microclimate qualities and the indoor wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

The research and design project will represent, in this regard, an opportunity for enhancing life in all its manifestations. This presumes shifting the focus from a solely based human-centred design process into a nature-centred one, where “people and buildings can commit to a healthy relationship with the environment where they are placed”. Such approaches are discussed in morning conferences and in the afternoon scientific driven design developments.

The Barrio of La Luz, which was built after 1960 in Malaga is used as a reference. The site is a polluted heat-island, disconnected from sea breezes, with a spread hardscape, and with no presence of natural elements. Furthermore, the urban dwellers experience poor wellbeing due to the deprived quality of the units, being these modified by tenants often leading to obstructing natural ventilation and light. The projection of climate change will further exacerbate such outdoor and indoor conditions, and there is a need for an example of interventions that are scalable to the Spanish national level.

20 trainees will form four groups that will develop four competing transformation design proposals. The design that shows a qualitative creative solution with the higher simulated performances will be awarded. Criteria for evaluation will also include the quality of the digital modelling phases and the dynamics of development of the integrated strategies. To assess the projects’ success, the jury is composed of a mix of international and local professionals and scientist, with experience in architecture, performance and modelling.

Collaborating for a Living Future.

A brand-new steering committee for the Italian LBC Collaborative.

The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCCI) is a group of local professional volunteers committed to sustainability, education and implementation of the Living Building Challenge. The LBCC Italy provides a unique in person forum to facilitate change in the built environment. LBC is the most progressive sustainability standard in the world.  While there are a handful of Living Buildings in the world, the number of teams trying to achieve Living Building Challenge status increase every year.

At the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy meeting last May 23rd, we established the new Collaborative steering committee. The mission is to implement the Collaborative strategy and organize and develop the related tasks. The new committee has a clear competence related focus, to address effectively the challenge of developing LBC at a national scale, in close connection with the Living Future Institute Europe initiative and ILFI in Seattle.

Here are the new board members and their brief profiles: Carlo Battisti (facilitator, Outreach), Giuseppe Barbiero (Research), Alla Kudryashova (Operations), Michele Massaro (Projects), Marco Rossato (Products) and Alessandro Speccher (Education).

Carlo Battisti
Living Future Institute Europe
Sustainable innovation manager and consultant. Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, twenty years of experience with construction companies. Living Future Accredited Professional. In 2015, he co-founded the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy.

Giuseppe Barbiero
University of Valle d’Aosta
Assistant professor in Ecology and Head of LEAF, the Laboratory of Affective Ecology at the University of Valle d’Aosta. He is co-editor of Visions for Sustainability. His main research interests are the biophilia hypothesis, and the biophilic design.

Alla Kudryashova
University of Bologna
B.A. in Management, M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. In 2015, discovered LBC while writing her thesis paper focused on assessment of BREEAM, LEED and LBC from a Strategic Sustainable Development Perspective. Currently serves Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Bologna.

Michele Massaro
Freelance architect
Architect, strategic planner and innovation enthusiast, he works in the public and private sectors focusing architectural research according to systemic, biomimetic and territorial environmental characterization approaches. Beekeeper, he studies bees, inspiration of sustainability and beauty.

Marco Rossato
Faresin Formwork
Export Area Manager at Faresin Formwork SpA (Vicenza, Veneto region). He is an Architect and an Engineer interested in Sustainability, Design Process and R&D for Building products. He took part as contestant at ReGeneration 2017 LBC design competition.

Alessandro Speccher
Green Building Council Italia
A national recognized practitioner, lecturer, and leading authority in sustainability and regenerative design and implementation. He’s working with GBC Italia from 2007 as President’s assistant, Developer and Education manager and with Progetto CMR as green building and sustainability specialist.

The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy headquarter is at NOI Techpark, Bolzano, same office as the local International Living Future Institute branch.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the LBCC Italy, please contact us or find us at:

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy
c/o International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
LBCCItaly@gmail.com

Web:                    http://collaboratives.living-future.org/italy
Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/LBCCollaborativeItaly
Twitter:               @LBCItaly
YouTube             LBC Collaborative Italy
SlideShare          http://www.slideshare.net/LBCCItaly

NOI Techpark, Bolzano

Collaborando per un Living Future.

Comitato di gestione nuovo di zecca per il Collaborative italiano di Living Building Challenge.

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCC Italy) è un gruppo di professionisti locali volontari impegnati per la sostenibilità, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge. Il LBCC Italy fornisce un forum unico di confronto “dal vivo” per facilitare il cambiamento nell’ambiente costruito. LBC è lo standard di sostenibilità più avanzato al mondo. Mentre al momento ci sono pochi edifici certificati LBC, il numero di gruppi che sta cercando di realizzare in varie parti del mondo le condizioni del Living Building Challenge cresce ogni anno.

Nella riunione del Collaborative dello scorso 23 maggio, abbiamo istituito il nuovo comitato di gestione del Collaborative. La missione è mettere in atto la strategia del Collaborative e organizzare e sviluppare le attività correlate. Il nuovo comitato ha un chiaro focus di competenza, al fine di affrontare efficacemente la sfida di sviluppare LBC su scala nazionale, in stretta connessione con l’iniziativa Living Future Institute Europe e ILFI a Seattle.

Ecco i nuovi membri del consiglio e i loro brevi profili: Carlo Battisti (facilitatore, diffusione), Giuseppe Barbiero (ricerca), Alla Kudryashova (attività), Michele Massaro (progetti), Marco Rossato (prodotti) e Alessandro Speccher (formazione).

Il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy si trova presso il NOI Techpark a Bolzano, nello stesso ufficio italiano dell’International Living Future Institute.

Chiunque sia interessato a partecipare al LBC Collaborative: Italy, può contattarci o trovarci ai seguenti numeri:

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy
c/o International Living Future Institute
Voltastraße / Via Volta 13A
I-39100 Bozen / Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 094989
LBCCItaly@gmail.com

Web:                    http://collaboratives.living-future.org/italy
Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/LBCCollaborativeItaly
Twitter:               @LBCItaly
YouTube             LBC Collaborative Italy
SlideShare          http://www.slideshare.net/LBCCItaly

Sustainability, Restorative to Regenerative.

An exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

Do you want to explore the new frontiers of sustainability? From the work of the COST Action CA16114 RESTORE: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy, Working Group 1. Restorative Sustainability, here is our first booklet (downloadable for free). Enjoy 🙂

With contributions by Martin Brown, Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Diana Apró, Diana Kopeva, Egla Luca, Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, Blerta Vula Rizvanolli and many others …

This publication, with contributions from over 20 EU countries is an exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

It presents a reference document for future work of the RESTORE Action, for other Cost Actions and for built environment academia and industry organisations.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver (CAN)

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Definitions – the Language for Sustainability
  • Social, Health and Participation in Sustainability
  • Living Buildings
  • Regenerative Heritage
  • Circular Economy
  • WG1 Activities
  • Epilogue
  • WG1 People

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland (OR, USA)

(From the Introduction by Martin Brown and Edeltraud Haselsteiner)

It is now some 30 years since Brundtland defined sustainable development, broadly defined as not doing anything today to compromise tomorrow’s generation, and in doing so defined sustainability for business and enterprises globally.
Many in the built environment have taken this passive ‘do nothing’ approach, as license to do the least possible. Consequently, we have and we continue to compromise future generations.
The built environment is a huge influencer on ‘sustainability’, we spend over 90% of our time working, living and playing within our buildings. Despite sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives it is irresponsible that we have generally failed to grasp our influence and to address the potential to move the needle on wider global sustainability and climate issues.
Buildings, and the manner in which we design, construct and maintain them have been a significant contributor to climate breakdown we are witnessing.

Restorative and regenerative approaches can flip this enabling buildings to become part of climate regeneration solutions.
Maybe sustainability is not a journey, but a state of equilibrium, based on giving as much as we take. On the negative side where we take more, we are unsustainable and no matter how much we reduce our impacts we will always remain unsustainable. On the positive side ‘to do more good‘ we open doors to
restore environments and communities, and to create and enable conditions for environmental, social and economic regenerative growth […].

We no longer have the luxury of just being less bad.” (RESTORE)