Sustainable Regeneration

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Sustainability is concerned with integrating economic, social, and environmental goals in a holistic way to maximise benefits to current and future generations. Regeneration produces rapid social and economic change, and, if planned carefully, can play a major role in delivering the goals of sustainable development. But while sustainability has become a central concept in all discussions of regeneration, there is a great deal of debate over what a sustainable development looks like in practice, and how best to achieve it. For example, how should planners balance economic, social, and environmental priorities? And how can governments encourage construction companies to embrace sustainable technologies? Further, sustainability has been criticised for lacking political vision and failing to incorporate local views, which has led to a proliferation of rather generic forms of regeneration. These tensions are discussed in relation to the examples of green buildings and eco-towns, which highlight major emerging trends in the field of sustainable regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
EditorsSusan J Smith
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080471716
ISBN (Print)9780080471716
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Construction
  • Eco-towns
  • Equity
  • Exemplary policy
  • Green building
  • Regeneration
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development


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