Regenerative sustainability for the built environment – from vision to reality: An introductory chapter

Zhang, Xiaoling, Skitmore, Martin, De Jong, Martin, Huisingh, Donald, & Gray, Matthew (2015) Regenerative sustainability for the built environment – from vision to reality: An introductory chapter. Journal of Cleaner Production, 109, pp. 1-10.

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Regenerative sustainability is emerging as an alternative discourse around the transition from a ‘mechanistic’ to an ‘ecological’ or living systems worldview. This view helps us to re-conceptualize relationships among humans’ technological, ecological, economic, social and political systems. Through exploration of ‘net positive’ or ‘regenerative’ development lenses and the traditional sustainability literature, the conceptualization and approaches to achieve sustainable development and ecological modernization are expanded to articulate and to explore the evolving sustainability discourse, ‘regenerative sustainability’.

This Special Volume of Journal of Cleaner Production (SV) is focused upon various dimensions of regenerative sustainability (e.g. regenerative design, regenerative development, and positive development) applied to the urban built environment at scales, which range from individual buildings, neighborhoods, and urban developments to integrated regional sustainable development. The main focus is on how these approaches and developments are evolving, how they can help us to prevent or adapt to climate change and how these approaches are likely to evolve in the next two to three decades. These approaches are addressed in four themes: (1) reviewing the theoretical development of the discourse of regenerative sustainability, its emerging principles and practices, (2) explaining how it can be measured and monitored, (3) providing encouraging practical pathways and examples of its implementation in multiple cultural and climatic contexts, and (4) mapping obstacles and enablers that must be addressed to help to ensure that more rapid progress is made in implementing the transitions towards an urban built environment that supports genuinely sustainable societies.

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ID Code: 91955
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Toward a Regenerative Sustainability Paradigm for the Built Environment: from vision to reality
Keywords: Regenerative sustainability, theory, framework, built environment, assessment, pathways, obstacles and enablers, environmental discourse
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.10.001
ISSN: 0959-6526
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2016 02:18
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2016 06:01

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