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

Project: Grand Challenges

Project Details


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.
Effective start/end date1/1/171/31/19


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