The Societal Impact Methodology - Connecting Citizens, Sustainability, Awareness, Technological Innovations & Co-creative City Visions.

Greg Keeffe, Craig Lee Martin, Andy van den Dobblesteen

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Abstract

Sustainability needs professionals and methodologies that can bring the architecturally qualitativeand scientifically quantitative together to reveal the latent potential of our cities and people. These expertsmust have the necessary communication skills, personalities and backgrounds to firmly place city stakeholdersat the heart of this local and global challenge. This approach, developed during the City-zen Project ‘Roadshow’(a European Union FP7 funded initiative to develop and demonstrate Zero Energy Cities), began life as apowerful but over simplistic idea. It has since developed into a realizable, mobile, intense, creative, amenableand proven approach that supports cities in their efforts toward carbon descent. The methodology continuesto evolve ‘city-by-city‘ by embracing diverse climates, cultures, economies, existing urban morphologies andbuilding typologies. It has been successfully applied in Amsterdam, Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik and Menorca.Upcoming destinations will be Sevilla (Spain), Roeselare (Belgium) and Klaipeda (Lithuania). A team ofinternationally recognized experts in sustainable urbanism & architecture, carbon accounting, energy potentialmapping and advanced technologies travel with the City-zen Roadshow to facilitate this approach. This paperwill describe the Societal Impact Methodology with reference to previous outcomes, activities, experiencesand a detailed explanation of two mutually dependent and inspirational parallel workshops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA Proceedings - Design to Thrive
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Susan Roaf
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherNCEUB
Pages2791-2798
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9928957-5-4
Publication statusPublished - 08 Aug 2017

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