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Open Source as Leverage towards Sustainable Housing
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Shelter poses global sustainability challenges, as the population increase accelerates and resources dwindle. It is crucial for initiatives addressing the growing housing demand to incorporate a sustainability perspective. Open source, a form of Internet information-sharing, is being utilised by various housing initiatives worldwide. However, a sustainability perspective is not always included in a robust and holistic way, despite the negative impacts for human needs and ecosystems resulting from many aspects of current housing practices. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development includes basic conditions for a sustainable society and a planning and decision-making methodology to move systematically towards sustainability. It provides a robust method for organizing, evaluating and using tools to aid in handling sustainability challenges effectively. This thesis aims to contribute to the development of affordable, sustainable design solutions, by modelling the incorporation of the FSSD into open source housing initiatives. A case study of a housing project under development in Ghana is used. Despite the complexity of the system under study, the research concludes that bringing a strategic sustainable development perspective to open source approaches can act as leverage for housing to move towards sustainability. Within this context, guidance is provided for approaching open source housing to contribute to SSD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainability, open source housing, Ghana, backcasting, pilot housing project, OS House, FSSD
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Other Environmental Engineering Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-3576Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivex0A1695F32534AC07C125774C003A710COAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-3576DiVA: diva2:830885
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
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Life Earth Science
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charcolatebar@live.ca

Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2010-06-24 Last updated: 2015-11-05Bibliographically approved

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