The well known triple sustainable development symbol is actually a three dimensional integration of objectives that act as a system that is constantly evolving and interacting complex interrelations among the components.
SEEING THE FIGURE FROM ALL SIDES REINFORCES THE CONCEPT THAT DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SEEING ALL OF THE OPTIONS AND POSSIBILITIES IN REACHING THE PRIMARY INTEGRATED GOAL COLLECTIVELY.
The diagram shows typical examples of externalties. The home is designed to high energy efficiency standards but the family consumer lifestyle with multiple vehicles and energy using home conveniences defeat the efforts at conservation and CO2 reduction.
Land use to the exterior of the building is extensive and the building is sited in social isolation accessible only by the automobile.
Beyond the back yard are the noise and traffic of a commuter lifestyle inflicted on other communities and social problems such as crime and poverty are concentrated elsewhere by designed isolation.
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIRES THAT BOTH LOCAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED IN ALL COMMUNITIES EQUALLY.
Out of date evaluation of options includes a breakdown of individual technical factors into individual silos completely missing the benefits of integrated systems.
Analysis by reduction to components is being replaced with dynamic investigation based on increasing knowledge banks.
Resolving problems and developing evolving betterment is a double sided process that moves to inward subsystems and outward to the environment which includes people as an integrated component.
BECAUSE THE ENVIRONMENT EVOLVES THE PROCESS IS CONTINUALLY MOVING TO NEW OUTCOMES.
Ideas and goals are always in a flux which creates evolutionary progress. Goals evolve and change depending on technology, information and discovery which allow goals to be reached and new objectives to become feasible.
Evolutionary systems are processes that allow this to happen.
NO MATTER HOW IDEAS AND GOALS PROCEED TYING THEM TO THE NEEDS OF CHILD CENTRED COMMUNITIES DOES NOT CHANGE.
Agreement is only possible if there is a common goal. And the approach to a common goal is not possible if there are no facts to justify the means to reach a goal and no tangible evidence to confirm that the means are the best.
Agreements are easy when there are successful examples. Centred on discovering no cost value options. More difficult are agreements on more intangible outcomes based on human responses to their surroundings, personal needs and requirement to be fully inclusive.
THESE PROBLEMS CAN BE OVERCOME BY UTILIZING THE CONCEPT OF HAVING CHILD CENTRED DECISIONS APPROPRIATE FOR TRANSMITTING TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Sustainable options are shown in terms of cost in graphs which show solutions both above and below a zero cost line. Because many sustainable options actually return value, longer range selection will be necessary to determine the best.
Frequently a number of options need to be selected together because they act synergetically.
THE SUSTAINABILITY CHART SHOWS ACTION OPTIONS AROUND A GOAL AXIS FROM LOW COST TO HIGH TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS. OPTIONS AT THE LEFT OF THE DIAGRAM MAY REACH A POINT WHERE ACTIONS HAVE NO COSTS AND HAVE INFINITE VALUE RETURNS.
Future Benefits Of Regeneration
For a century urban communities have failed to transmit their child centred beginnings to future generations. In fact they have not been constructed to accommodate all ages.
Regeneration is about building to achieve goals which provide appropriate surroundings for everyone.
It is more than buildings. Just as a school involves the community with friends for children and adults, outdoors to explore, sports to participate in and mentors every where to transmit the wisdom from times immemorial to today, communities should provide and retain places for everyone to participate.