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Sustainable Development is an intricate, open, dynamic
and evolving concept .... and Sustainable Design involves
far more than merely substituting the word 'sustainable'
for 'green', 'environmental' or 'ecological'. The
full meaning of 'sustainable', as it is used in English, is
not conveyed by the French word 'durable' .... or
the German word 'nachhaltige'.
In order to develop our uniquely innovative, rights-based understanding of Sustainable Human & Social Development,
we have referred back, in the first instance, to the full and complete
definition of 'sustainable development' contained in the 1987 WCED
(Brundtland) Report. As Design Practitioners, then, our task is
to apply the Principles of Sustainable Human &
Social Development to frontline implementation ... across the wide
range of highly specialized services we provide. Accurate
research and creative, lateral thinking are essential ...
Here, therefore, you will find some of the most up-to-date content
on Sustainable Spatial Planning, Design, Construction,
Fire Engineering & Research in the Human
KEY AREAS OF SDI's DESIGN & TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION ...
Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation
Fire-Induced Progressive Building Collapse
Sustainable Fire Engineering
Accessibility for People with Activity Limitations (2001 WHO ICF)
Walsh, SDI's Managing Director, regularly travels across many
continents ... providing a Consultancy Service to Select Clients ...
and making Presentations to International Conferences, Seminars and
Workshops. He has also drafted these KEY DOCUMENTS ...
2004 Rio Declaration on Sustainable Social Development, Disability & Ageing
1998 European Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction
as a practical working tool for our Organization, and our many clients
...... but our purpose in presenting it to you is threefold :
wish to share our technical knowledge and expertise as
widely as possible, and so make our contribution to authoritative
content freely available in the Public Domain,
would like to encourage you, in turn, to view this WebSite
as an International Forum for the exchange of information
and opinions on all Aspects of Sustainable Development,
and Sustainable Design in particular ;
implement Real Design Solutions, however, we feel it is
also vital to advocate a very necessary Re-Evaluation
of Political, Economic, Social, Environmental and Institutional
Values in the 'developed' world - especially Europe.
The 'developed' world must also begin to understand
the priorities, and the responsible social needs, of the
the revolution is not a social dinner, a literary
event, a drawing, or an embroidery ;
it cannot be done with elegance and courtesy ....
invite you, therefore, to access international reference
documents, charters, conventions, standards, and technical
guidelines ; to follow links to many other information
sources ; to observe trends in world developments,
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architectural / engineering / industrial design, e-design)
Sustainable Design & the Designer
examine and explore Ethical Design ......
directly engaging the designer in
re-shaping our world, by design, to meet the responsible
needs, i.e. the Human & Social Rights*,
of this generation - without stealing the life and living
resources from future generations, especially our children
... and their children.
defined in the 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN OHCHR).
Using the World Medical Association's Helsinki Declaration
as a model document, we have proposed to the European Construction
Sector that a similar Declaration be developed on ....
Principles for Design, Research & Construction
in the Human Environment
Pensare avanti !
This is an ambitious target which must ultimately result
in the achievement of a dynamic and harmonious balance between
our world - the 'built environment' - and
a flourishing, not just a surviving, 'natural environment'.
demands a high level of horizontal integration and co-ordination, on
the part of a Designer, across a very wide range of environmental,
social, economic, institutional and political performance, before a
'design synthesis' can be properly expressed in reality. This is,
perhaps, one of the biggest challenges posed by the concept of Sustainable Development.
Solutions must be appropriate to local geography, climate,
economy, culture and social need, and be ......
with the principles of 'SEED' (an acronym
we introduced in 1995), i.e. Sustainable,
conform with the principles of 'TEEN'
(an acronym we introduced in 2004), i.e. Technically-feasible,
definition, therefore, a 'universal' design solution
is not sustainable.
Of course, this is not the whole story ......
by CJ Walsh to the
EU Working Group on Urban Environment Research - May
Integration ~ Regional Implementation
Here to Download PDF
(PDF File, 398kb)
Anywhere there is, or has been, an intrusion by a human being
in the natural environment.
Comprising, and taken
together as a complex whole ....
The complex network of real and virtual human interaction – at a communal or
larger group level – which operates for reasons of tradition, culture, business, pleasure,
information exchange, institutional organization, legal procedure, governance,
human betterment, social progress and spiritual enlightenment, etc.
The Social Environment shapes, binds together, and directs the future development of,
the Built (including Virtual) Environment.
Rio Declaration on Sustainable Social Development, Disability
& Ageing !
by CJ Walsh.
Anywhere there is, or has been, a man-made or wrought (worked) intervention
by humans in the natural environment,
e.g. cities, towns, villages, rural settlements, service utlilities,
transport systems, roads, bridges, tunnels,
and cultivated lands, lakes, rivers, coasts, seas, etc.
... including the Virtual Environment.
See the 1998 European Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction !
Drafted by CJ Walsh.
A designed environment, electronically-generated from within the
Built Environment, which may have the appearance, form, functionality and impact
- to the person perceiving and actually experiencing it -
of a real, imagined and/or utopian world.
The intricate web of real and virtual human commercial activity – operating at micro and
macro-economic levels – which facilitates, supports, but sometimes hampers or disrupts,
human interaction in the Social Environment.
and still to be further developed.