Listed below are my recent, and not so recent publications and significant articles
Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice
Published September 2019
A Handbook for the Built Environment Edited by Emanuele Naboni and Lisanne Havinga Architectural design can no longer only be concerned with developing artefacts that produce reduced environmental impacts within a certain threshold of emissions. Conversely, buildings today must be developed to reverse the effects of climate change, enhance natural systems, the built environment and inhabitants’ life.
This book, “Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice” explores how the regenerative concept is now being applied to the regenerative design of cities and buildings. A series of digital design approaches are exemplified via a series of examples drawn from leading international practitioners and researchers.
“Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice” fills a gap in the existing literature by introducing fundamental design principles of regenerative design practice whilst acknowledging the potential and imperative of integrating science, big data and multi-discipline digital tools in the design process.
Squaring the Circle
Squaring the Circle is a cutting-edge and comprehensive collection of the latest research and debate on normal childbirth. Based on a salutogenic approach – focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease – it helps our understanding of what works and why it works, as well as helping health practitioners turn this knowledge into best practice.
Written by world-renowned experts in their field, and edited by Soo Downe and Sheena Byrom, the editors of the acclaimed The Roar Behind the Silence, Squaring the Circle includes an examination of a range of associated evidence in areas as diverse as architecture for optimal birth environments, the impact of birth events on neonatal DNA methylation and the microbiome, the current knowledge base around oxytocin production in labour, and the role of emotion in the workplace.
Case studies of successful change from around the world – from service users, activists and maternity care staff – provide inspiration for innovation while hints and tips help to make such change happen.
Martin Brown, co-authored the biophilic design chapter Natural Connections: Biophilic Birthplace Design , with Tracey Cooper
Regenerative Construction and Operation
Published May 2019
This publication collates the thoughts developed by the participants of RESTORE Working Group 3, investigating and proposing robust approaches helping the paradigm shift, from the procurement to the operation and maintenance phases.
- Procurement – considering what follows design stage and proceeds construction phase, including bidding, tendering, procurement
- Construction – from the preparation of the site up to the management of the construction site, including materials and technologies used during the construction process
- Use & Operation – starting from the commissioning and going through the operation and maintenance of the building
- Second Life – considering what is happening to the building after its preliminary life, including refurbishment, retrofitting, reuse, adaptation, and in the worst case, demolition and dismantling
Sustainability Restorative to Regenerative
Published May 2018
An exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability
This publication explores: a language for sustainability that inspires, not confuses; a Social and Wellbeing world view of our place on the planet, Living Buildings that are restorative and regenerative and an essential component of climate change solutions; a Regenerative Heritage that shares memories of place from the past and provides lessons for the future; and Regenerative Economic thinking that is shifting the built environment from linear economics to regenerative economies.
To progress from the state of the art to a vision of Regenerative Sustainability, a number of triggers are identified: Rethinking EDUCATION to inspire the next generation; a re-connection with NATURE through Biophilic and Ecological Design; a sense of PLACE rooted in local, culturally rich and ecologically sound built environments and a CIRCULAR ECONOMY that moves us from limited growth to Regenerative Economies.
The future starts now, a future that has to be more cohesive, fair and sustainable. To achieve this goal our human actions have to embrace a different vision, one in which our sustainable well-being emerges from our love for the planet.
FutuREstorative: Working Towards a New Sustainability
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Aug 2016
This book furthers the debate on new sustainability thinking in the built environment by bringing together a selection of contributions from thought leaders in the UK and the rest of the world with an overarching narrative from Martin Brown.
Central to the book is the emergence of net positive and restorative sustainability, exploring the shift from an often blinkered focus on sustainability as simply energy performance to a more roundedsocial, wellness, health and healthy buildings debate.
It also spotlights sharing and collaboration through social media and BIM as new tools in the ‘sustainability toolbox’ which provide opportunities to rapidly advance sustainability thinking, development and action.
Public Private Partnerships, Towards New Innovative Collaborations
Publisher: University of Central Lancashire, UK (28 Oct. 2013)
Our built environment collaborative working journey is now venturing into new territories. The future for a responsible built environment will increase both the pressure and opportunities beyond collaboration and partnerships to co-collaborate and co-create hybrid projects, moving to open innovations that in turn stimulate further opportunities. Such new and emerging agendas include social responsibility, managing increasingly scarce resources in purpose-driven circular economies, addressing restorative sustainability, adopting transparency and meeting the challenges of BIM and social media connectivity.
Constructing Social Media
Editorial for Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Guest editorial providing a snapshot of social media (past, present and future), exploring why and how this ‘new’ collection of tools can be used to purposefully improve construction.
Today’s construction and built environment sector faces exciting but immense cultural, societal and technological changes. This is evidenced through a myriad of issues, not least a rapid escalation in the need for improved sustainability, better information management, and advanced construction techniques – to test and challenge established practices. Whilst these challenges are significant, there are a number of platforms and tools that can improve communication, learning and sharing; not least social media. The core challenge here is “what can social media offer in support of Construction Innovation, Information, Process and Management?”
Community-based Facilities Management.
Facilities Vol. 24 No. 7/8, 2006 pp. 250-268
Purpose – To introduce and define the concept of community-based facilities management (CbFM) and to identify and discuss processes and responsibilities in practice, in order to explore opportunities for the development of a socially inclusive approach to facilities management. The paper raises issues of governance, empowerment and socio-economic development.
Keywords Facilities, Sustainable design, Property management, Social inclusion Paper type Conceptual paper