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Design for eco-services. Part A - Environmental Services

Birkeland, Janis (2009) Design for eco-services. Part A - Environmental Services. BEDP Environment Design Guide.

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    Abstract

    Without the virtually free services of nature like clean air and water, humans would not last long. Natural systems can be incorporated in existing urban structures or spaces to add public amenity, mitigate the heat island effect, reduce pollution, add oxygen, and ensure water, electricity and food security in urban areas. Th ere are many eco-solutions that could radically reduce resource consumption and pollution and even provide surplus ecosystem services in the built environment at little or no operational cost, if adequately supported by design. Th is paper is the fi rst of a two part paper that explains what eco-services are, then provides examples of how design can generate natural as well as social capital. Using examples of actual and notional solutions, both papers set out to challenge designers to ‘think again’, and invent ways of creating net positive environmental gains through built environment design.

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    ID Code: 42179
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Positive Development, Design for Eco-Services, Ecological Architecture, Eco-Postitive, Regenerative Design, Natural Security, Ecosystem Goods and Services, Green Infrastructure
    ISSN: 1442-5017
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Past > Schools > School of Design
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Royal Australian Institute of Architects
    Deposited On: 27 Jun 2011 10:54
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:07

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