Cross-pollinating Urban Design Approaches

If we think about buildings in “business-as-usual” terms, the operational resource flows
would be:

• Inputs – Energy, water and materials
• Outputs – Waste heat, waste water and solid waste

Drawing on approaches already utilised in industrial process design, transport and modern
management techniques, the concept of outputs as “waste” could be questioned.
To enable built environment professionals to evaluate, optimise, visualise and communicate the potential for interlinking buildings, technically sophisticated tools are required for use at early development and planning stage.

A visualisation tool, currently developed by Sustainable Built Environments using Google
Sketch Up, is presented to illustrate the possibilities of enhancing the urban ecology and most importantly provide decision makers with a instrument that allows to appropriately identify opportunities.

Christoph Begert, Sustainable Built Environments, Melbourne, Australia, presented this paper last year at the 5th International Urban Design Conference – Hilton on the Park in Melbourne 10th – 12th September 2012

The full paper is available for viewing in the Conference Book of Proceedings HERE

You can submit an abstract NOW for the 2013 Conference to be held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park from Monday the 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013.

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