Designing for social sustainability

The pressing housing crisis requires the construction of new building and neighborhoods.U.K.-based Young Foundation recently published a report (pdf) that aims to ensure that strengthening social infrastructure is part of the construction agenda.

at a practical level the tools, instruments and metrics to foster sustainable urban development currently available are biased toward environmental and economic sustainability

They have developed a framework containing four elements that are essential to build new communities that will be  socially sustainable:

  1. Amenities and social infrastrucutre (new communities need services and support, not just buildings);
  2. Social and cultural life (new communities need shared spaces, shared rituals & support to build social networks);
  3. Voice and influence (“foremost, residents need to have a say in shaping their surroundings …);
  4. and Space

    to grow (flexible use of land and buildings is essential)



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