Measuring Sustainability

Neuman, M. and Churchill, S. (2015) Measuring Sustainability. Town Planning Review, 86 (4). pp. 457-482. ISSN 00410020

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Planning for sustainability is high on many agendas, and tools to measure sustainability have been developed. Sustainable processes are those whose rates are maintained over time without exceeding the innate ability of its surroundings to support the process. We present the necessary conditions along with a new algorithm for measuring the sustainability of processes that integrates the laws of thermodynamics with laws for rate processes. The algorithm permits the assessment of the degree of sustainability of any process, whether ecological, economic, or social, as well as chemical or biological. It is a dynamic approach that applies at any scale and takes into consideration the spatial and temporal factors of processes, thus permitting empirical applications that correspond to real world (dynamic, complex, evolving) conditions across space and time. These characteristics make it especially suitable for applications in the field of spatial planning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: winner, best article, most downloaded article 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability, performance, process, algorithm, thermodynamics, urban planning;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment
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Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 15:06
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