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The BEQUEST framework: the vision and methodology of a collaborative platform for sustainable urban development.

Deakin, Mark and Curwell, Steve (2004) The BEQUEST framework: the vision and methodology of a collaborative platform for sustainable urban development. In: EnviroInfo, 2004, Geneva.

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Abstract/Description

The concepts of sustainable development that have emerged in the ‘post Brundtland’
era are explored in terms of a vision and methodology of sustainable urban development
(SUD). The said vision and methodology of SUD result from the activities
of an international network called BEQUEST, funded by the European Commission
(EC). The project involved building consensus over the vision and methodology of
SUD and sharing this across a wide range of stakeholders. This paper sets out the
vision and methodology of the BEQUEST Framework for consensus building between
stakeholder interests, represented here in terms of a collaborative platform for
the planning, property, design, construction and operational stages of concerted actions
on SUD. The paper goes on to examine some impediments to the realisation of
the said vision and methodology, including the reluctance of stakeholders to consider
either the ecology and equity of urban development, or concern themselves
with the environmental, economic and social issues underlying the sustainability of
cities. This paper shall suggest that if these impediments are to be overcome, a collaborative
platform capable of integrating such matters is needed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development; BEQUEST: consensus building; environment; economy;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Sustainable Construction
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 307 Communities
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Item ID: 4859
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2012 14:10
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4859

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