ePrints Repository

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Leach, Joanne M and Boyko, Christopher T and Cooper, Rachel and Woodeson, Anna and Eyre, Jim and Rogers, C.D.F. (2015) Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity? Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning, 168 (1). pp. 30-41. ISSN 1755-0793

Loading
PDF (323Kb)Published Version

URL of Published Version: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/issue/udap/168/1

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1680/udap.13.00034

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of which potentially compromise creativity and innovation in urban design. Approaches that measure performance are accused of belying the nature of places as messy, plural, organic, accidental and emotive; trying to find a formula that works may tick boxes, but it risks creating soulless spaces, oppressing innovation and incorporation of inappropriate design elements. This paper argues that sustainability assessment methods do have something to contribute to creativity and innovation in urban design precisely because they encourage engagement with challenging and often complex societal priorities. Through interviews with built environment professionals and a critical examination of sustainability assessment methods, the authors suggest that such methods can promote creativity and innovation if they engage competently with sustainability, work at a scale that allows for both breadth and depth (typically greater than the building scale) and incorporate in their design a set of eight key characteristics designed to promote creativity and innovation.

Type of Work:Article
Date:01 February 2015 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:Civil Engineering
Keywords:urban sustainability, sustainability assessment
Subjects:GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences (General)
NA Architecture
TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham, Lancaster University
Copyright Holders:Authors
ID Code:1503
Refereed:YES
Local Holdings:
Export Reference As : ASCII + BibTeX + Dublin Core + EndNote + HTML + METS + MODS + OpenURL Object + Reference Manager + Refer + RefWorks
Share this item :
QR Code for this page

Repository Staff Only: item control page