My extensive passion for sustainable design has equipped me with a deep comprehension of the integration of natural systems and habitats into our built environment, employing the Biophilia principle. This focus on ecosystems and idyllic habitats defines my design perspective. My multidimensional design thinking emerges naturally from my instinct to bio-mimic in critical situations, a trait that I believe uniquely positions me to meet any challenge in this field.
I am dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable populations and optimising resources through sustainable methodologies, in a manner that respects cultural diversity, promotes global consciousness, and eliminates waste. My multi-disciplinary design experience and six years in the private sector have honed my ability to identify gaps, generate innovative solutions, and create enduring positive impacts on the world.
I am a firm advocate for mutual learning and growth amongst governments, NGOs, civil society, and the private sector. I aim to leverage the dynamic, grassroots research & design models of the private sector to amplify ecological impact, enhance research ethics, and encourage inclusivity in service design. This methodology merges civic innovation and ecological consciousness.
As a multidisciplinary designer, my distinct design approach is anchored in comprehending the needs and desires of all living entities. I continuously refine my skills in areas like workshop planning, ethnography design, service and experience design, future forecasting, indigeneity and sustainability ethics.
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Reintroducing Interdependence into Organisational Spheres
Making Every Step Count
Reintroducing Interdependence into the Organizational Sphere
Keeping in mind that buildings are our built habitats; They would embody resilience and resourcefulness if collectively envisioned
An Academic Research Project for the Advanced Research Centre of the University of Glasgow under the Glasgow School of Arts and in association with the Centre for Sustainable Solutions of the University of Glasgow and GALLANT, by Shravya Dayaneni. Supervisor: Dr Simon Beeson
As cities grapple with environmental challenges ranging from dwindling resources to climate change, the need for sustainable socio-ecological inhabitation has never been more pressing. But what if, instead of merely sustaining, we aim to regenerate? The article highlights a comprehensive project intervention, through a collaboration with ‘the Advanced Research Center’ of the University of Glasgow. This project not only aims to address social, economic and environmental challenges but also enriches conventional retrofitting methods with a holistic solution for introducing interdependence and ecological democracy into organisational/ institutional spheres. It is possible to promote regeneration through the seamless integration of science, technology, fiscal prudence, and biomimicry with regenerative design. This paradigm shift to ‘Regerative Design’ requires us to look at buildings merely as built habitats, like a microdiverse environment or a nest that must solve for all of its needs.
Keywords: Ecological Integration, Biomimicry, Social Innovation, Symbiocene Adaptation, Ecosystem Services, Interdependence, Institutional Buildings, Regeneration, Design Thinking, Fiscal Mindfulness, Social-Identity Theory, Behavioral Modeling, Strategic Visualization, Resiliency, Dynamism, Holistic Design, Ecological-Social-Economic Convergence, Design Emergence
Regenerative Design; The most fascinating ‘Bio-reflective Design Paradigm’
Conventional views often perceive regenerative design goals as impractical or utopian. This project dispels such notions by marrying financial viability, environmental efficiency, and social well-being. It aims to reintroduce the principle of interdependence into modern structures, a concept illustrated by Martin Avila (2022) in his book ‘Designing for Interdependence – A Poetics of Relating’. Inspired by Bill Caplan’s “Buildings Are for People – Human Ecological Design” (2016) has been invaluable in focusing attention on the human experience and in recognizing challenges as opportunities for creativity, rather than obstacles. Overall, the idea of interdependence and human-ecological design emphasizes the idea of collaboration, and how people and their environment are connected. It’s about creating a relationship between people, their environment, and the structures created by them, and how they all interact to create a system that works for everyone. By reintroducing the concept of interdependence, the aim is to create a system that is more equitable, and that accounts for the human experience.
The Participatory Approach: Why Stakeholder Involvement is Crucial? Buildings are for people
Given the complexity of real-world challenges, a participatory approach involving diverse stakeholders ensures that the project stays grounded and effective. Initial consultations have set the stage for a long-term commitment to ‘ecological democracy’ as defined by Hester, R.T. (2006) and sustainable practices. It was important to delve deep into participatory methodologies, crafting a simulator tool (image in the next section) enriched with contextual theories like utilizing occupants’ motivations and socio-cultural relationships of users with the buildings such as ‘Social-Identity Theory’ Hogg (2006) as an opportunity to drive eco-responsible practices in our conventional built-environments.
A Versatile Tool: The Eco-systematic and Bio-mimetic Simulator
Developed through design synthesis, this tool serves as both a practical guide and a framework for understanding the larger ecological and social implications of built environments. The tool employed a unique “eco-systematic innovations deck,” a curated set of cards containing innovative ecological concepts to service interventions thoroughly researched and colour-coded for different user personas, and a ‘bio-mimetic library’ for ecological visual inspirations. These elements could be laid out on a canvas that includes spaces for notes, challenges, and evaluative measures, offering a versatile tool for stakeholders. The goal was to enable the co-creation of the possible synergies for a problem or a scenario with a socio-economic-ecological convergence for all the stakeholders including, University estate management, building management, funders, users-occupants, and visitors and make it inclusive for all types of workplace-minority-groups like ‘parents’, ‘the differently-abled’ and even ‘the pet-owners’.
There are three pillars to the project
1. Navigate Opportunities: Investigate practical avenues for embedding ecosystem services within built frameworks and aligning human structures with ecosystems.
2. Maximize Benefits: Forge integrative solutions that cater to both human and non-human species, all the while respecting financial limitations, to establish a model of regeneration.
3. Visualize Possibilities: Employ design thinking to facilitate the visualization of ecological integration and civic innovation to drive informed choices for all stakeholders’ management.
Toward a New Standard in Building Design
This project aims to position the ARC Building as a paradigm of ecological-social-economic convergence, laying down a blueprint for future developments in institutional architecture. We are at an inflection point where our buildings can either continue to be part of the problem or can become part of the solution. The conceptualization of this project takes a bold step in the latter direction, and it sets the stage for similar initiatives across the globe. By forging an environment where the ecological, social, and economic dimensions are considered as a unified entity, the goal is to lead the change in creating a new standard for what our built habitats could and should be.
Practical Implementation for Building Investors as well as Managers
For practical application with building owners and managers, addressing their concerns and highlighting the long-term benefits of regenerative design is crucial. It’s recognized that some solutions may involve initial investments, and emphasis should be placed on how these investments can yield significant returns, not only in terms of sustainability but also in staff recruitment, welfare, happiness, productivity, and retention.
1. Emphasizing Benefits to Building Owners and Managers:
– Staff Recruitment and Retention: The implementation of regenerative design can enhance a building’s appeal as a workplace, fostering a healthier, more engaging environment that can attract and retain talented employees.
– Productivity and Well-being: A regenerative building promotes the well-being and productivity of occupants. Improved indoor air quality, access to green spaces, and a connection to nature within the workplace are factors that enhance employee satisfaction and performance.
2. Managing Risk:
– Quick Return on Investment: It’s understood that building owners and managers may have concerns about financial implications. Many regenerative solutions offer a quick return on investment by reducing operational costs, such as energy consumption and maintenance expenses.
– Budget and Financial Synergies: The regenerative approach aligns with budget and financial requirements, aiming to provide cost-effective solutions that don’t strain financial resources but, instead, contribute to long-term savings and sustainability.
3. Realistic Expectations and User Involvement:
– Setting Realistic Expectations: It’s important to manage expectations realistically, acknowledging that not all ideas may be immediately implemented, and some may require ongoing evaluation and adaptation.
– Inclusivity for All Users: The approach considers all users of the building, including employees from diverse backgrounds, parents, differently-abled individuals, and even pet owners. The aim is to create an inclusive environment that benefits everyone.
By addressing these concerns and emphasizing the tangible benefits of regenerative design, the adoption of these principles becomes not only practical but also highly rewarding for building owners and managers. Together, the creation of environments that are not just sustainable but truly regenerative contributes to a more resilient and prosperous future.
What Lies Ahead
The future of this project includes rigorous testing of the ‘Eco-systematic and Bio-mimetic Simulator’ tool, refinement based on stakeholder feedback, and eventually scaling it for broader applications. With looming climate crises and dwindling resources, it is projects like these that offer a glimmer of hope for taking the best solutions possible and a roadmap for building resilient, nurturing, and sustainable communities for the future.
Measuring Success is a crucial part
Based on stakeholder meetings with experts like Dr Jaime Toney, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, the project intends to set forth measurable objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be evaluated in two years’ time.
By incorporating a holistic view that synergizes ecological, social, and economic dimensions, this project promises not just to build but to regenerate and revive built environments, making a compelling case for a more resilient and sustainable urban society and development.
A special thanks to all our stakeholders, including the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, the University of Glasgow, the GALLANT project, ARC Building Management and the Glasgow School of Arts for their invaluable insights, collaboration and ongoing commitment to Responsible Development. And a shoutout to Dr Simon Beeson and Dr Michael Pierre Johnson for guiding the project.
Making Every Step Count
To transform commuter behaviour through manufactured support (capital) and reduce individual carbon footprints.
This app aims to address the identified problems associated with commuting behaviours by providing practical solutions and incentives for sustainable transportation choices. It offers a variety of sustainable commuting options, such as biking, walking, public transportation, and carpooling, and provides real-time information on traffic conditions, public transportation schedules, and bike share availability. By integrating rewards and incentives, personalised preferences, and gamification elements, the app encourages users to adopt sustainable commuting habits. Additionally, it leverages social sharing features to raise awareness and inspire others to make positive changes. Overall, the app helps tackle environmental concerns, reduce traffic congestion, promote healthier lifestyles, and create a more sustainable commuting culture.
The Problem (Our Ideology for Behavioural Change)
The carbon emissions generated by automobiles are significant, with a staggering 369g CO2e per passenger mile. While the government has taken steps to improve infrastructure and address these issues, promoting behavioural change remains a crucial aspect. This is where our focus on work commuters in Glasgow becomes essential. With approximately 70% of Glasgow’s population being employed and over 60% of them using cars for commuting, targeting this group presents a unique opportunity to make a substantial impact on reducing carbon emissions. By engaging and influencing commuters, we can effectively contribute to the overall goal of creating a more sustainable transportation system.
Through our project, we aim to identify and analyse the tokens of value that resonate with stakeholders, particularly commuters. By highlighting the environmental impact of their transportation choices and providing them with valuable information, we empower commuters to make informed decisions. By understanding the tokens of value that drive behaviour change, we can effectively promote sustainable commuting options and encourage individuals to choose greener alternatives.
Ultimately, our project seeks to raise awareness among commuters about the environmental consequences of their actions and equip them with the knowledge and tools to make sustainable choices. By targeting work commuters, who form a significant portion of Glasgow’s population, we can drive meaningful change and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in the city.