Design for Social Sustainability – Saffron Woodcraft, 2010

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Design for Social Sustainability – Saffron Woodcraft, 2010

4 DESIGNING IN SOCIAL

SUSTAINABILITY

A framework for practical action

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Drawing on a review of

international experience

the Young Foundation has

developed a framework

containing four elements

that are essential to build

new communities that will

be successful and sustainable

in the long term. These

are: amenities and social

infrastrucutre; social and

cultural life; voice and

influence; and space to grow.

While all four elements are needed in every

new community (alongside good housing,

high quality public buildings and spaces,

local economic opportunities and design

that supports pro-environmental behaviour)

social success and sustainability cannot

be prescribed in the same way that the

standards for green building or environmental

sustainability can. A more flexible approach

is needed that leaves room to reflect local

circumstances and the diverse nature of every

community and its individual residents.

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Integrating this framework into public policy

and professional practice would enable local

government, other public agencies, and

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