Asia Pacific chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy Professor Peter Droege has launched a new book showcasing innovative approaches to sustainable design and planning.

Edited with global design and engineering company AECOM, Climate Design explores the current paradigm shift towards low carbon developments, illustrating how new thinking can convert investments in urban infrastructure, land use and development into resilient and enduring support systems for human and environmental prosperity.

According to Professor Droege, Climate Design brings together powerful new practices and innovative thinking in areas such as urban planning and landscape design, soils and water engineering, energy and transport infrastructure and socio-economic change.

“Uninformed design and planning choices contribute to the climate conundrum in direct ways – by perpetuating inefficiency and fossil fuel dependence and by missing a myriad of choices that could lower destructive levels of resource consumption and help sustain the resilience of planetary ecosystems.

Climate Design presents practice and ideas that go beyond sustainability – they address the very question of survivability.”

AECOM Principal Mark Fuller said Climate Design features living projects and the beliefs and ideas of a wide range of professionals from around the world, including Australia’s Professor Tony Wong, Professor Richard Weller, Jose Mantilla, Lester Partridge, Jason Veale, Cathryn Chatburn, Ichsani Wheeler, James Rosenwax and Jon Shinkfield.

Climate Design reflects on AECOM’s rich history of design and planning excellence and looks to an inspired future.”

Climate Design is currently being launched at various AECOM events throughout Australia and is available to purchase through Amazon for US$40.


Extracts from the book:

Challenges

“Uninformed planning and urban design choices contribute to the climate conundrum in direct ways: primarily through inefficiency and dependence on fossil fuel. The built environment as a whole accounts for between 40 and 60 per cent of total anthropogenic emissions, depending how the figure is counted.”

Professor Peter Droege
Essay: Design and planning for the age of climate change—context and assumptions

Solutions

“The only way we can make a real difference in our impact on the global environment and climate is through a holistic approach to policy, planning, engineering, and design, wherein all work collaboratively toward the common goal.”

Joe Brown
Essay: Revolution of practice

Applications

“In the spirit of biomimicry, we can use our knowledge of natural systems gained through science, research and analysis to design communities that support and heal, rather than counteract, our environment.”

James Rosenwax
Essay: Design and natural systems—design with nature

Self-sufficiency

“It is no longer adequate to consider the provision of open space in our cities in the absence of embedded thinking in natural systems and without those systems being part of a cycle for the production of energy, water, and food.”

Jon Shinkfield
Essay: Reconnecting living and consumption

Urbanisation

“Great cities are environmental machines because their density, mixed-uses, and transit options allow people to live in very close and productive proximity to work, amenities, and cultural assets.”

Christopher Choa
Essay: Design and urban systems—the low-carbon commune

Physical issues of size, mix, layout and density, building forms, movement patterns, materials, and resource efficiency are all being considered in the quest to define new models to guide the development of more sustainable urban settlements. The outcomes to date strongly advocate the compact city model: a high-density, mixed-use urban form proposed with integrated public transport, high quality public spaces, and energy-efficient buildings.”

Cathryn Chatburn

Essay: Creating environments that engage

Transit-oriented development

“Residents of transit-oriented communities drive significantly less and walk, bicycle, and ride public transit more than their counterparts in traditional communities.”

Jose Mantilla
Essay: Transit-oriented development—land use and transportation planning in the context of climate change

The future now

“The best way of dealing with climate change is to embrace the facts and start working on the future now.”

Jason Prior
Essay: Working on the future now