Sustainable development: Architecture and planning within the ecological footprint of one planet

Organization profile

Organization profile

To respond to the Grand Challenges of Assuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Enhancing Individual and Community Capacity for a Changing World, sustainable development must be redefined using a regenerative system approach that connects food, water, and energy use to the carrying capacity of the local ecosystem. Sustainable development has been a focus for at least the last 25 years. However, the international development community has failed to fundamentally transform the performance of the built environment in the most critical indicator: ecological footprint. It has also focused on making existing throughput systems more efficient, instead of redesigning the system to function like a living system that continually self-renews and integrates with natural processes to "regenerate." This is the difference between green design and regenerative design and a fundamentally new approach in this proposal and required of designs across scales (building to neighborhood to city) to achieve sustainable development.

Projects 2017 2019

Grand Challenges Research Awards: Phase 1

1/1/171/1/19

Project: Grand Challenges