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Designing for Zero Waste

Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Steffen Lehmann, Robert Crocker


418 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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Designing for Zero Waste is a timely, topical and necessary publication. Materials and resources are being depleted at an accelerating speed and rising consumption trends across the globe have placed material efficiency, waste reduction and recycling at the centre of many government policy agendas, giving them an unprecedented urgency. While there has been a considerable literature addressing consumption and waste reduction from different disciplinary perspectives, the complex nature of the problem requires an increasing degree of interdisciplinarity. Resource recovery and the optimisation of material flow can only be achieved alongside and through behaviour change to reduce the creation of material waste and wasteful consumption. This book aims to develop a more robust understanding of the links between lifestyle, consumption, technologies and urban development.


'This book is both timely and visionary. It is to the credit of the authors that they have explored so many of the key issues and have provided an improved understanding of the topic.' Professor Peter Brandon, The Thinklab, University of Salford, UK

'In a world where more and more people are consuming more and generating more waste this book is vital reading. In a society where most of us are consciously and sub-consciously detached from the reality of our own supporting ecosystems this book is vital reading. In an economy where precious resources are produced so cheaply that we can throw so much of them away this book is vital reading. In an environment being stripped of its resources, being polluted and made toxic on an industrial scale this book provides a real chance to re-connect and re-think our relationship with the supply and waste streams we take for granted in our unsustainable lifestyles. That re-connection is essential and this book shows us ways to make it happen. Please read it.' Susan Roaf, Chair of Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

'Designing for Zero Waste is a timely resource and guide covering basic principles to city and regional governance. The flows of the waste created in our daily lives and building processes are largely ignored, misunderstood, or misinterpreted. This book should inspire a better understanding of material efficiency, avoidance of waste, and re-thinking material flows at a variety of scales and professions.' Professor Alison G. Kwok, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, US

Table of Contents

Foreword. Designing for Zero Waste, Vaughan Levitzke Preface. Zero Waste - Towards a vision of a new model for humankind, Peter Brandon Introduction. People, Policies and Persuasion: the future of waste reduction and resource recovery in households and urban settings, Steffen Lehmann and Robert Crocker Part I. Zero Waste, Sustainability and Behaviour Change: Principles 1. Consumer culture, waste and behaviour change: the case of walking, Robert Crocker 2. 21st century life: how our work, home and community lives affect our capacity to live sustainably, Natalie Skinner, Barbara Pocock, Pip Williams and Jane Edwards 3. Young children and sustainable consumption: An early childhood education agenda, Sue Nichols 4. Reducing Wasteful Household Behaviours: Contributions from Psychology and Implications for Intervention Design, Sandra Davison, Kirrilly Thompson, Drew Dawson and Anne Sharp 5. Collaborative consumption and the remaking of local resilience: reflecting upon enabling solutions, Angelique Edmonds Part II. Zero Waste, Enabling Technologies and Consumption: Policies 6. Getting closer to Zero Waste in the new mobile communications paradigm: a social and cultural perspective, Robert Crocker 7. Waste from Electronics (e-Waste) Governance and Systems Organisation, Ab Stevels, Jaco Huisman and Feng Wang 8. Life-cycle thinking, analysis and design, Alexander Walker 9. Green Houses: Problem-solving, Ontology and the House, Jane Dickson with Victor Buchli 10. Living in harmony with wildlife: considering the animal’s ‘point of view’ in planning and design, Carla Litchfield, Kurt Lushington, Sue Bigwood and Wendy Foster Part III. Zero Waste in Sustainable Architecture and Design at the Household and Building Scale 11. Sustainable building design and systems integration: Combining material efficiency with energy efficiency, Steffen Lehmann 12. Breathing life into the corpse: up-cycling waste buildings through adaptive reuse, Stephen Ward 13. Density, Design and Sustainable Residential Development, Alpana Sivam and Sadasivam Karuppannan 14. Construction Management and a state of Zero Waste, Nicholas Chileshe, Jian Zou, Stephen Pullen and George Zillante Part IV. Zero Waste in Cities, Urban Governance and Material Flows 15. The Metabolism of the City: Optimising urban material flow through principles of zero waste and sustainable consumption, Steffen Lehmann 16. Sustainable transport systems and behaviour change, Michael A. P. Taylor and Michelle Philip 17. Planning for the sustainable consumption of urban resources, Lou Wilson 18. Development of Multifunctional Urban Land Uses using Water Sensitive Urban Design, Simon Beecham Conclusion. The Culture and Politics of Zero Waste: Looking ahead, Robert Crocker and Steffen Lehmann

About the Editors


Professor Steffen Lehmann PhD, is the Director of the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour at the University of South Australia. Steffen is a widely published author and scholar and is Founding Director of the s_Lab Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (Sydney-Berlin). A German-born architect and urban designer, he is editor of the US based Journal of Green Building and an advisor to Australian and German government, city councils and industry. For further information and detailed publication list:

Dr Robert Crocker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia and teaches in both the history and theory of design and the School's Master of Sustainable Design. With an Oxford doctorate in the history of science and ideas (1987), Robert has published one monograph and two edited books (in The International Archives in the History of Ideas series). For a brief publication list, see below and Robert's university homepage:

About the Series

Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design

All books in this series are authored and/or edited by leading academics and practitioners in the field of sustainable design.

While there has been an immense amount of theory and technology focused writing published on the topic of sustainable design, many of these books have failed to introduce readers to the wider challenge of what the re-thinking of design, production, operation and recycling of all products, buildings and cities really means.

Sustainability is not a passing fashion and people are constantly searching for more information, ideas and products in this area. This new book series will aim to develop a more coherent theoretical framework for how different theories of sustainable design might engage with the practice of architects, designers, urban planners and related professions. The knowledge gained from this book series will equip the readers with the tools for realising the full potential of the good intentions of sustainable design.

The aim is that these books will provide a novel alignment of interdisciplinary perspectives on the problems of global consumerism, sustainable design and strategies to avoid resource waste, on the scales of products, buildings, districts and cities.

The books will become essential reading for architects, industrial designers, urban designers and researchers/students in these disciplines. Potential readers for the books will also include industry and government agencies. Global relevance and the potential for use as textbooks will be essential.

The book series will become a highly useful addition to the literature on sustainable design, urban development and city culture, focusing on the key topics encountered by students and scholars of urban studies, pointing towards related bibliographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design