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Environmentally Sustainable Construction: knowledge and learning in London planning departments

Rydin, YJ; Amjad, U; Whitaker, M; (2007) Environmentally Sustainable Construction: knowledge and learning in London planning departments. Planning Theory and Practice , 8 (3) pp. 363-380. 10.1080/14649350701514686. Green open access

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Abstract

Environmentally sustainable construction is now recognised as a significant element of the broader sustainable development agenda and planners are being called upon to play a role in delivering more sustainable patterns of construction and development. This puts particular demands on the knowledge resources of planners since knowledge is implicated in the power relations between planners and developers. This paper examines the interrelationship between knowledge of environmentally sustainable construction and practice in planning departments. Drawing on a survey of and interviews with planners in London, it discusses the construction of knowledge within the dynamics of planning organisations and the potential for learning to promote a more sustainable built environment. Wenger's concept of communities of practice frames the analysis, alongside consideration of the translation of knowledge into bureaucratic and usable forms and the role of knowledge brokers in this process.

Type: Article
Title: Environmentally Sustainable Construction: knowledge and learning in London planning departments
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14649350701514686
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649350701514686
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Planning Theory & Practice on 03/10/2007, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14649350701514686.
Keywords: Sustainable construction, planning practice, communities of practice, knowledge, knowledge brokers
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10765
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