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Designing for Zero Waste: Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment

Series: Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design

By: Steffen Lehmann and Robert Crocker


Paperback | Dec 2011 | #195922 | ISBN-13: 9781849714358
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Hardback | Dec 2011 | #195923 | ISBN-13: 9781849714341
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Designing for Zero Waste is a timely, topical and necessary publication. Materials and resources are being depleted at an accelerating speed and rising consumption trends across the globe have placed material efficiency, waste reduction and recycling at the centre of many government policy agendas, giving them an unprecedented urgency. While there has been a considerable literature addressing consumption and waste reduction from different disciplinary perspectives, the complex nature of the problem requires an increasing degree of interdisciplinarity. Resource recovery and the optimisation of material flow can only be achieved alongside and through behaviour change to reduce the creation of material waste and wasteful consumption. This book aims to develop a more robust understanding of the links between lifestyle, consumption, technologies and urban development.

This book is both timely and visionary. It is to the credit of the authors that they have explored so many of the key issues and have provided an improved understanding of the topic.
- Professor Peter Brandon, The Thinklab, University of Salford, UK

"In a world where more and more people are consuming more and generating more waste this book is vital reading. In a society where most of us are consciously and sub-consciously detached from the reality of our own supporting ecosystems this book is vital reading. In an economy where precious resources are produced so cheaply that we can throw so much of them away this book is vital reading. In an environment being stripped of its resources, being polluted and made toxic on an industrial scale this book provides a real chance to re-connect and re-think our relationship with the supply and waste streams we take for granted in our unsustainable lifestyles. That re-connection is essential and this book shows us ways to make it happen. Please read it."
- Susan Roaf, Chair of Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

"'Designing for Zero Waste' is a timely resource and guide covering basic principles to city and regional governance. The flows of the waste created in our daily lives and building processes are largely ignored, misunderstood, or misinterpreted. This book should inspire a better understanding of material efficiency, avoidance of waste, and re-thinking material flows at a variety of scales and professions."
- Professor Alison G. Kwok, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, US


Foreword. Designing for Zero Waste
Preface. Zero Waste - Towards a vision of a new model for humankind
Introduction. People, Policies and Persuasion: the future of waste reduction and resource recovery in households and urban settings

Part I. Zero Waste, Sustainability and Behaviour Change: Principles
1. Consumer culture, waste and behaviour change: the case of walking
2. 21st century life: how our work, home and community lives affect our capacity to live sustainably
3. Young children and sustainable consumption: An early childhood education agenda
4. Reducing Wasteful Household Behaviours: Contributions from Psychology and Implications for Intervention Design
5. Collaborative consumption and the remaking of local resilience: reflecting upon enabling solutions

Part II. Zero Waste, Enabling Technologies and Consumption: Policies
6. Getting closer to Zero Waste in the new mobile communications paradigm: a social and cultural perspective
7. Waste from Electronics (e-Waste) Governance and Systems Organisation
8. Life-cycle thinking, analysis and design
9. Green Houses: Problem-solving, Ontology and the House
10. Living in harmony with wildlife: considering the animal's `point of view' in planning and design

Part III. Zero Waste in Sustainable Architecture and Design at the Household and Building Scale
11. Sustainable building design and systems integration: Combining material efficiency with energy efficiency
12. Breathing life into the corpse: up-cycling waste buildings through adaptive reuse
13. Density, Design and Sustainable Residential Development
14. Construction Management and a state of Zero Waste

Part IV. Zero Waste in Cities, Urban Governance and Material Flows
15. The Metabolism of the City: Optimising urban material flow through principles of zero waste and sustainable consumption
16. Sustainable transport systems and behaviour change
17. Planning for the sustainable consumption of urban resources
18. Development of Multifunctional Urban Land Uses using Water Sensitive Urban Design

Conclusion. The Culture and Politics of Zero Waste: Looking ahead

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Professor Steffen Lehmann PhD, is the Director of the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour at the University of South Australia. Steffen is a widely published author and scholar and is Founding Director of the s_Lab Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (Sydney-Berlin). A German-born architect and urban designer, he is editor of the US based Journal of "Green Building" and an advisor to Australian and German government, city councils and industry.

Dr Robert Crocker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia and teaches in both the history and theory of design and the School's Master of Sustainable Design. With an Oxford doctorate in the history of science and ideas (1987), Robert has published one monograph and two edited books (in "The International Archives" in the "History of Ideas" series).

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