A holistic understanding of
sustainable development
As opposed to a reductive concept of sustainable development that limits sustainability to a few isolated components (green building, wildlife conservation, technological inventions, or human-scale mixed-use planning principles) a holistic understanding of sustainable development implies that all the properties of a given project (ecological, human, cultural, social, economic, spiritual etc.) are interdependent and cannot be reduced to one aspect alone. Instead, the codependency of all components determines in an important way how each principle and part behaves and in turn how each part benefits the whole.
  • SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
    • Enhances physical, mental, and social well-being
    • Encourages conviviality and social interaction
    • Supports the building of communities
    • Improves education and empowerment
    • Welcomes citizen participation and involvement
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
    • Protects natural environment
    • Encourages biodiversity (flora & fauna)
    • Conserves natural resources
    • Replenishes rather than diminishes natural resources
    • Engages community in ecological concerns
  • CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
    • Reinforces cultural heritage
    • Respects local traditions and beliefs
    • Supports local arts and crafts
    • Fosters information exchange and education
    • Promotes creativity and human potential
  • ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
    • Enhances national and regional economic goals
    • Promotes growth of local businesses
    • Contributes to the growth of the local economy
    • Ensures that the benefits of development are distributed fairly
    • Integrates economic goals with ecological and cultural aspirations