Hello! I am Christina Bollo, the ADPSR blogger for May. As a doctoral student in architecture, I am researching ways in which environmental and social sustainability can enhance each other in the built environment. One of my first tasks was to create a definition for social sustainability in architecture, because if we can’t define it, we can’t measure it. This month, I will be posting some of these thoughts on this blog, and look forward to discussing with this issue with other ADPSR members.
The first post will look at why we need this definition. Subsequent posts will examine the definition of social sustainability in the planning field (the planners are a few steps ahead of the architects!) and present a definition as it relates to the building scale. The last posts will look at recent buildings and analyze their social sustainability. If you think of buildings that you believe are socially sustainable, intuitively or by any of these definitions, please note them in the comments. Collecting buildings has been a fun part of this task and will be even better in collaboration.