Useful design tools? Innovation and experinces from sustainable urban management

Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Jesper Ole Jensen, Morten Elle, Birgitte Hoffmann, Annika Agger

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Tools for design management are on the agenda in building projects in order to set targets, to choose and prioritise between alternative environmental solutions, to involve stakeholders and to document, evaluate and benchmark. Diffenret types of tools are available, but what can we learn from the use or lack of use of current tools in the development of future design tools for sustainable buildings? Why are some used while others anre not? Who is using them? The paper deals with design management, with special focus on sustainable building in Denmark, and the challange of turning the generally vague and contested concept of sustainability into concrete concepts and building projects. It describes a typology of tools: process tools, impact assessment tools, multi-criteria tools and tools for monitoring. It includes a Danish paradigmatic case study of stakeholder participation in the planning of a new sustainable settlement. The use of designtools is discussed in relation to innovation and stakeholder participation, and it is stressed that the usefulness of design tools is context dependent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CIB W096 Architectural Management : Designing Value
Number of pages473
Place of PublicationTechnical University of Denmark
PublisherDepartment of Civil Engineering
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)87-7877-190-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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Nielsen, S. B., Jensen, J. O., Elle, M., Hoffmann, B., & Agger, A. (2005). Useful design tools? Innovation and experinces from sustainable urban management. In Proceedings of CIB W096 Architectural Management: Designing Value (pp. 333-340). Department of Civil Engineering.