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Green Design and Development

  • By: Martin Phillips
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The terms green design and green development are open to several interpretations and associated with a series of other terms, including sustainable development, sustainable design, eco- or ecological design, and environmental design. Two ways in which these terms have been employed can be identified. First, they refer to the design and/or construction of objects, environments, and services that have minimal detrimental impact on their surrounding environments, are sustainable, and, in some cases, may potentially have beneficial impacts. Second, they refer to designs and/or developments that draw inspiration from understandings of nature and its operation. In this sense, green designs/developments are viewed as being constructed such that they work within or learn from the rules, limits, designs, or ethos of nature. These two senses of green ...

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