24th July 2020
We are delighted to announce that the latest edition of AD Magazine, a highly regarded architectural publication, has chosen to feature Greenkeeper as one of the many world leading research pieces they cover tin this special guest edition on ‘Social Value’.
Guest edited by Prof. Flora Samuel and Researcher, Eli Hatleskog of the University of Reading Department of Architecture, this edition seeks to explore research being undertaken by academics and practitioners from around the world as we all seek to address climate change and social inequality by changing the way we frame ‘value’ within the built environment.
‘If we cannot define what we mean by value, we cannot be sure to provide it, not to share it fairly, not to sustaina economic growth,’ says the economist Mariana Mazzucato. in her book, The Value of Everything. ‘Value is a contradictory word,’ says Samuel. ‘Like the architectural concept of ‘transparency’, it can be a tool for accountability and inclusion, but also a medium of control. Architects have a cultural aversion to seeing themselves as an increment of economic gain, they create value that they very often fail to record or capture. Until this value is expressed in a format that can be fed into policy and procurement, it will remain invisible and ignored, leaving economic value the sole dominant currency of built environment transactions.’
I think everyone at Greenkeeper would whole-heartedly agree with these sentiments and recognise these as being the drivers for us, behind the creation of the Greenkeeper tool. As such, we are delighted to have been included in this edition, which also looks at some exciting wider advancements in social value from a broad range of perspectives:
- The ‘Just City Index‘ being developed by the University of Oregon, to deliver a system of social value indicators that measure design’s impact on justice.
- Research into how architecture enable civic ecological practices and community economies to fight climate change, led by Autogeree, a Parisian atelier d’architecture.
- Mapping eco-social assets, an engagement approach to mapping local assets alongside the local community to enrich understanding of what is valued and why, to inform improvement developed by the University of Reading Department of Architecture.
- The socially empowering design and project delivery strategies being used by architects in Southern India to deliver social value alongside economic opportunities for local communities.