Author Archives: martin brown

What hurts, what helps, what heals: the Built Environment and mental health.

With respect to  Mental Health Awareness Week,  Erin Newton’s excellent article in UD/MH (Urban Design / Mental Health) caught my attention. Erin notes that the built environment can create and maintain risk factors for mental illness by stripping away protective factors for good mental … Continue reading

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They Paved Paradise: (How) Can Buildings Heal? … Regeneration Edition3

The third edition of the Regeneration Design Competition concluded with its conference in the wonderful setting of the Riva Del Garda Museum. “The biggest barrier to sustainable and living building is ourselves” Amanda Sturgeon  Following presentations from the three Regeneration … Continue reading

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M2020 – The Carbon Tipping Point

The ambitious but achievable carbon M2020 initiative, launched by Christiana Figueres in London this week, sets out carbon emission reduction ‘pathways’ to meet the temperature goals agreed in Paris back in 2015 Bending the curve of emissions by 2020 is the only way … Continue reading

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A Green Built Environment supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

This blog has referenced the Sustainable Development Goals on many occasions, indeed within FutuREstorative I make the case for the SDG’s to replace the Brundtland definition. It is now three decades since the Brundtland Commission defined Sustainable Development as ‘doing … Continue reading

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A case for reconstructing the world of sustainable building standards.

  The sustainability media platform Green Biz recently carried an extract fromFutuREstorative Chapter Six, the New Sustainability Standards. Here is an abridged version … … (The following is an excerpt from “FutuREstorative, Working Towards a New Sustainability,”authored by Martin Brown and … Continue reading

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Equality, Respect, Image, Sustainability … all connected.

‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe’ John Muir With todays International Womens Day, falling mid week of the National Apprentice Week and concurrent with Eco Build, here are my … Continue reading

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RESTORE: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy

  After a number of years discussing, bidding, meetings in Italy and skype calls across Europe we finally launch our four year RESTORE* Cost Action CA16114 programme, exploring restorative sustainability, in Brussels this Thursday 9th March. * REthinking Sustainability TOwards … Continue reading

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