Posts Tagged ‘social sustainability’

CEU Article

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Universal Design as Social Sustainability

Universal design is for everyone. Informed by the preferences of as many people as possible, rather than retroactively adapting spaces for those who face barriers to access, universal design is an optimized, conceptual approach to development. But for universal design to flourish and spread, it needs to be recognized not just as optional, but rather as essential and even desirable. Shedding light on the catalysts for success, and exploring examples of how accessible design complements environmental sustainability and social sustainability, we can demonstrate to governing bodies, the general public and architects and designers the benefits meeting the accessibility needs of everyone.

BY SUSAN RUPTASH (more…)


Social Sustainability in Practice

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Today, it is the task of averting drastic climate change that might be described as an experiment – a vast social experiment in decision-making and democratic action. Success in that endeavor will not be determined primarily by large techno-logical fixes, though many will be needed along the way. Just as decisive to the outcome is whether our social relationships, cultural beliefs, and political customs will allow for the kind of changes that are necessary. That is why the climate crisis is as much a social as a biophysical challenge, and why the solutions will have to be driven by a fuller quest for global justice than has hitherto been tolerated or imagined.

- Andrew Ross, from Bird on Fire

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Ritchie Courtyard Residence

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

From industrial site to residential living, condo uses exterior corridors to save energy 

This six-storey, 5,040 m2, residential condominium building at 25 Ritchie in Toronto is located on what had been an industrial site for more than 100 years. Consequently, the land required exstensive remediation prior to redevelopment. The adjacent properties in the small triangular-shaped city block are a mix of single-family residential and industrial uses.

By David Anand Peterson

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Density by Design - The EcoDensity reality

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Vancouver’s much debated EcoDensity Charter will finally be put before city council for ratification next month. Not a policy document, but rather one that influences policy, the charter describes itself as ‘a contract between the city and its citizens, both current and future.’ (more…)