Expanding Boundaries: Systems Thinking in the Built Environment

Ferdinand Oswald

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Abstract

Consuming over 40% of total primary energy, the built environment is in the centre of worldwide strategies and measures towards a more sustainable future. To provide resilient solutions, a simple optimisation of individual technologies will not be sufficient. In contrast, whole system thinking reveals and exploits connections between parts. Each system interacts with others on different scales (materials, components, buildings, cities) and domains (ecology, economy and social). Whole-system designers optimize the performance of such systems by understanding interconnections and identifying synergies. The more complete the design integration, the better the result.

In this book, the reader will find the proceedings of the 2016 Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Regional Conference in Zurich. Papers have been written by academics and practitioners from all continents to bring forth the latest understanding on systems thinking in the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpanding Boundaries: Systems Thinking in the Built Environment
Subtitle of host publicationThe proceedings of the 2016 Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Regional Conference in Zurich
EditorsArno Schlueter, Guillaume Habert
Place of PublicationETH Zürich
Publishervdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich
Pages708-713
Number of pages760
Edition1.2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7281-3774-6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2016
EventSBE16 Zurich - ETH-Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Jun 201617 Jun 2016
http://www.sbe16.ethz.ch

Conference

ConferenceSBE16 Zurich
CountrySwitzerland
CityZürich
Period13/06/1617/06/16
Internet address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

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