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Rethinking 'Sustainable Infrastructure': Natural Processes, Context, Value and Balance

Adhitya, S; Dolan, T; Tyler, N; (2018) Rethinking 'Sustainable Infrastructure': Natural Processes, Context, Value and Balance. (ICIF White Paper Collection ). International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is of interest to all stakeholders involved in infrastructure design and development, concerned by the sustainability of current approaches and in search of new perspectives which may inform their own practice. These include professionals from all relevant disciplines – from engineering, urban planning, governance and environmental science – as well as concerned members of the general public. Key Messages 1. Natural Processes: The importance of natural processes to sustainable infrastructure and their potential to deliver infrastructure outcomes rather than just be inputs to infrastructure. Infrastructure is dependent on, and enabled by, the role natural processes play as ‘source’ and ‘sink’ for infrastructure inputs and outputs. Infrastructure planners, investors and operators must be aware of this dependence when making infrastructure decisions 2. Spatio-temporal Context: The need to incorporate multiple simultaneous timescales and the flexible nature of human perception of time so that the planning, design and operation of the local context takes into account its spatio-temporal characteristics 3. Balance: The importance of balance in sustainable infrastructure and the need for a systemic perspective including the elements of natural processes such as air, water and sunlight (see 1) 4. Value vs Growth: The role infrastructure can play in supporting growth in Value, rather than just the economy and sustainability

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Rethinking 'Sustainable Infrastructure': Natural Processes, Context, Value and Balance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.wp.10060291
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/000.wp.10060291
Language: English
Additional information: Funded by EPSRC & ESRC (grant number EP/K012347/1).
Keywords: Sustainability, Infrastructure Systems, ICIF, White Paper, EP/K012347/1, Natural Processes
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060291
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