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Hyman, K.- Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure Hyman, K.- Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure

Date added: 02/06/2012
Date modified: 02/06/2012
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Katherine Hyman - Economic Development, Decoupling and Urban Infrastructure: lessons from Cape Town's urban system. Paper based on her Mphil thesis research presented at the World Resource Forum, Davos, August 2011. Abstract: While the current economic development trajectory, as determined by global resource flows, is fundamentally unsustainable, decoupling can be adopted as an alternative growth paradigm which allows human development through non-material growth, without the environmental and social casualties of the incumbent model. Particularly, decoupling at the city scale, using networked urban infrastructure as the intervention point, has the greatest capacity to contribute to the resolution of environmental resource constraints. By nature cities are responsible for the majority of production and consumption activities attributed to environmental degradation while simultaneously acting as the primary location for economic, institutional, and human capital which promote innovation. Innovation systems, in particular sustainability orientated innovation systems that stimulate urban transitions are pertinent to the successful implementation of decoupling. The case of Cape Town offers valuable lessons in light of the advanced understanding of urban resource flows and the potential to realise an urban scale transition.
Keywords: Decoupling, Innovation System, Sustainability Orientated Innovation System, Socio-technical, transition.

Philippi Business Place - Final Plan Philippi Business Place - Final Plan

Date added: 01/08/2010
Date modified: 01/08/2010
Filesize: 8.31 MB
Downloads: 1790
This is the Strategic Development Framework for an ecologically designed development in Philippi at the so-called Old Cement Factory site. The Sustainability Institute, as a member of the Board of the Philippi Business Place, project-managed the design process. This provides a model for similar projects. The project was never implemented and the SI resigned from the Board in 2009.  

SANS 10400-XA Energy in Buildings Guide for Architects SANS 10400-XA Energy in Buildings Guide for Architects

Date added: 05/27/2013
Date modified: 05/27/2013
Filesize: 1.33 MB
Downloads: 1819

Since the promulgation of the SANS 10400-XA regulations in November 2011, it is compulsory for all new buildings to adhere to certain energy efficiency guidelines which includes a specification for renewable energy contribution to total energy consumed. This Guide was compiled by SI Projects for Architects and funded by Nedbank.

Mark Swilling - Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling Mark Swilling - Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling

Date added: 05/07/2012
Date modified: 05/07/2012
Filesize: 2.43 MB
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Mark Swilling - Growth, Resource Use and Decoupling: Towards a 'Green New Deal' for South Africa? ECSECC Working Papers Series 14. East London: ECSECC.

Assessing Global Land Use and Soil Management for Sustainable Resource Policies. Assessing Global Land Use and Soil Management for Sustainable Resource Policies.

Date added: 01/08/2011
Date modified: 01/08/2011
Filesize: 364.19 kB
Downloads: 1959

Bringezu, S. (co-lead author), O'Brien, M., Pengue, W.A. (co-lead author), Swilling, M., Kauppi, L. Assessing Global Land Use and Soil Management for Sustainable Resource Policies. Report commissioned by the International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Programme, November 2010.

State of African Cities Report 2014 State of African Cities Report 2014

Date added: 04/02/2014
Date modified: 04/02/2014
Filesize: 11.73 MB
Downloads: 1959

SI Projects contributed significantly to the ideas and the research that went into the compilation of 2014 State of African Cities Report that focuses on the urban transition that is needed in Africa.

Gareth Haysom - pro-poor tourism Gareth Haysom - pro-poor tourism

Date added: 09/27/2006
Date modified: 10/07/2006
Filesize: 102.79 kB
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Gareth Haysom is an associate of the Sustainability Institute. He wrote this paper based on assignments from his MPhil courses. It has been accepted for publication in Development Southern Africa, Vol. 22, No.2, 2006.

Claudia Stuewe - Sustainability Innovations at Lynedoch Claudia Stuewe - Sustainability Innovations at Lynedoch

Date added: 02/01/2010
Date modified: 02/01/2010
Filesize: 1.31 MB
Downloads: 2000
This is a masters thesis by Claudia Stuewe, a German student who did her internship at the SI in 2009 in order to conduct research for this thesis - her focus was on the dynamics of innovation for sustainability.

Mark Swilling et. al. - Rethinking Incremental Urbanism Mark Swilling et. al. - Rethinking Incremental Urbanism

Date added: 06/23/2013
Date modified: 07/22/2013
Filesize: 943.67 kB
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Swilling, M., Tavener-Smith, L., Keller, A., Von de Heyde, V. & Wessels, B. Rethinking Incremental Urbanism: co-production of incremental informal settlement upgrading strategies. This is the first attempt at integrating research by a group of postgraduate students who have been conduction transdisicplinary research in an informal settlement called Enkanini. This article will be presented at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference taking place in Stellenbosch in July 2013, and has been submitted for consideration for publication in a book edited by Isandla.

Tarak Kate - From Industrial Agriculture to Agro-Ecological Farming Tarak Kate - From Industrial Agriculture to Agro-Ecological Farming

Date added: 08/02/2010
Date modified: 08/02/2010
Filesize: 782.48 kB
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Prof Tarak Kate, who is appointed as Extra-Professor in the School of Public Management and Planning and works in India with organic farmers, wrote this paper to bring to a wider audience the ideas that he discusses in the module he teaches each year on the Bphil programme (Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture). The paper emerged from a talk hosted by ECSECC in East London in 2009.