Using systems thinking to learn to deliver sustainable built environments

PS Godfrey

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Abstract

Sustainability of the built environment may be seen as an emergent property of the complex systems involved. It is the interaction of the components that determines the outcome. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Since human behaviour dominates performance, we need a wide collaboration of disciplines and research methods to address this holistically. Fortunately, systems thinking is an approach that is shared by many researchers and practitioners, across a great diversity of disciplines including biological, social and physical sciences, and engineering. This paper provides a brief introduction to systems thinking and reflects on its use as a means of integrating processes through the use of systems modelling, frameworks and measurement systems.
Translated title of the contributionUsing systems thinking to learn to deliver sustainable built environments
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219 - 230
Number of pages11
JournalCivil Engineering and Environmental Systems
Volume27 issue 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Keywords

  • Sustainability, systems thinking, Emergence, unitended consequences.

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