Renewable energy distribution in public spaces: Analyzing the case of Ballast Point Park in Sydney, using a triple bottom line approach

Ozgun, Kaan, Cushing, Debra Flanders, & Buys, Laurie (2015) Renewable energy distribution in public spaces: Analyzing the case of Ballast Point Park in Sydney, using a triple bottom line approach. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 10(2), pp. 18-31.

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As cities are rapidly developing new interventions against climate change, embedding renewable energy in public spaces is an important strategy.

However, most interventions primarily include environmental sustainability while neglecting the social and economic interrelationships of electricity production. Although there is a growing interest in sustainability within environmental design and landscape architecture, public spaces are still awaiting viable energy-conscious design and assessment interventions.

The purpose of this paper is to investigate this issue in a renowned public space—Ballast Point Park in Sydney—using a triple bottom line (TBL) case study approach. The emerging factors and relationships of each component of TBL, within the context of public open space, are identified and discussed.

With specific focus on renewable energy distribution in and around Ballast Point Park, the paper concludes with a general design framework, which conceptualizes an optimal distribution of onsite electricity produced from renewable sources embedded in public open spaces.

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ID Code: 83012
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Ballast Point Park, public space, renewable energy distribution, sustainability, triple bottom line (TBL)
DOI: 10.1080/18626033.2015.1058562
ISSN: 1862-6033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Landscape Architecture, 12 June 2015,
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 00:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 04:57

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