Untaming the Urban (2)

On 8 and 9 December, I’ll be posting from Untaming the Urban, a multi-disciplinary symposium on cross-species cohabitation in the built environment of cities, towns and suburbs (7th, 8th & 9th Dec 2016, Australian National University).   Complex compromises need to be made   Presenters: Linda Corkery, Paul Osmond, Natalie Pelleri & Sara Wilkinson (Urban Ecology Renewal – re-wilding... Continue Reading →

Posts from Untaming the Urban

On 8 and 9 December, I'll be posting from Untaming the Urban, a multi-disciplinary symposium on cross-species cohabitation in the built environment of cities, towns and suburbs (7th, 8th & 9th Dec 2016, Australian National University).   Urban umwelts, living walls and foundations, and pets/pests Presentations by: Joyce Hwang (Untaming architectural typology); Ned Doddington (Urban umwelt: already... Continue Reading →

My presentation at the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals, Seoul, 2016

This is my presentation held at the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals, Seoul, 8-10 June 2016. See further: http://urbansdgplatform.org/seoulforum/overview.jsp     Mayors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,   It is an honour to present for such a diverse and knowledgeable audience.   My name is Jeroen van der Heijden. I am... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 8: How to get beyond the leadership delusion

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-8-how-to-get-beyond-the-leadership-delusion/79336   Over the last four years I have studied 60 voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and the US. Earlier this year I brought together my research findings in a book manuscript due for publication in 2016. Over the last four weeks I... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, part 7: programs in the Global South

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-7-programs-in-the-global-south/79302 Over the last few weeks I have discussed the value and limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings. In sum, these programs have thus far had limited impact in the transition to a low-carbon built environment. The programs I have discussed thus far are mostly from Australia, the Netherlands... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 6: Promising voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-6-promising-voluntary-programs-for-low-carbon-buildings/79188   Have the last three posts left you in despair? While writing the book being summarised in these posts, the overall narrative of poor performance surely got me down. But don’t panic. I do see the value of voluntary programs in the transition to a low-carbon built environment. They... Continue Reading →

The voluntary program series, Part 5: New forms of financing for low-carbon buildings

First published on the Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/the-voluntary-program-series-part-5-new-forms-of-financing-for-low-carbon-buildings/79140 This post addresses new forms of financing as the third dominant type of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings. These programs seek to overcome yet another problem in the transition to a low-carbon built environment: the difficulty experienced by property developers and owners sourcing funds for developing or retrofitting low-carbon... Continue Reading →

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