Tag Archives: Built Environment

Sustainable community: It’s a people thing

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 23 April, 2013. What is a sustainable community? Some might say there is no such thing. I would counter, in fact, that there is no such thing … Continue reading

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Race against time for future cities

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Future Cities’, published in The Times, 26 March, 2013. According to data from the UN, in 2008, the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas passed … Continue reading

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Urban Greening: Nature is back in town

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Future Cities’, published in The Times, 26 March, 2013. According to received wisdom, it is not possible to put a price on Nature, however, to much debate, that … Continue reading

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Energy: How low can we go?

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 28 February, 2013. Smart-city strategies are rethinking the rôle of buildings in terms of their ability to generate, share and store energy, rather than just consume. In … Continue reading

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Community Resilience: From Sandy to Sustainability

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 18 December, 2012. At every level, Hurricane Sandy represents a wake-up call for the sleeping giant of community resilience that is the built-environment sector. It is time … Continue reading

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Construction and communities: At a crossroads

A version of this article first appeared on the Sustainability Talk & News website, published 1 November, 2012. The crossroads where local communities and construction meet is the domain of CSR and multi-stakeholder engagement. Historically, companies in the building sector have mostly … Continue reading

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Rise of the Smart City consumer

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Smart Cities’, published in The Times, 7 June, 2012. Sustainability is a modern business-model essential, not merely a wish-list desirable. Why? Ask any of the 1,000 thought-leaders and … Continue reading

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