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Enabling solutions for sustainable living: a workshop

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Publication date2008
Place of publicationCalgary
PublisherUniversity of Calgary Press
Number of pages120
ISBN (Print)1552382362, 9781552382363
Original languageEnglish


This title includes a book and CD-ROM. Sustainability, environmental impact, green design, urban sprawl - all buzzwords we have become familiar with in the ongoing dialogue about climate change and global warming. This book presents student work that explores these issues and exemplifies the application of Ezio Manzini's theories of 'enabling solutions'. Students from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design worked together to identify some of the challenges of suburbia with respect to sustainable design.Exploring such issues as the local quality of life, community cohesiveness, and environmental impacts of suburban areas, the workshop participants presented posters, tables, matrices, and other graphic materials that illustrate key concepts, the resources required, and the main players involved in their implementation. In addition to the student work showcased here, "Enabling Solutions" also includes essays by Manzini, Walker, and Wylant that contextualise the key issues and elaborate on the theoretical basis for the student workshop.