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Grenfell Tower and the precautionary principle.

Many have written, blogged and commented on the avoidable tragedy at Grenfell Tower. I have been in two minds whether to add my voice, but then as a colleague pointed out, I have been blogging on themes pertinent to the … Continue reading

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New standard and guide for the circular economy: BS 8001:2017

Following consultant the BSI has launched a new standard for the circular economy, BS 8001:2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations, the world’s first for implementing circular economy principles. I have covered the circular economy … Continue reading

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Restorative Sustainability Research Visit Opportunities

RESTORE STSMs APPLY for a RESTORE Short Term Scientific Mission ! Interested in bringing Restorative Sustainability expertise to your country? Then apply for STSM within a Specific Areas of Interest. Short Term Scientific Missions in RESTORE STSMs are research visits … Continue reading

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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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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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