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Janis Birkeland

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Net Positive: Designing a regenerative future with Prof Janis Birkeland

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Professor. Janis Birkeland is Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning in the University of Melbourne. Janis has dedicated her personal, professional and academic life to figuring out what is genuine sustainability - how to plan for a built environment that is not just 'less bad' than the alternatives, but actually returns more to the land and the people who live in and around it thn whatever went before.  Throughout her professional career, she has been drawn to figuring out how cities and buildings, despite their huge impacts, can transform society and save the planet. First, she became an architect and urban designer, transferring into city planning. Later, she became a lawyer to better understand the barriers to systems change. Now she is an academic, author of many dozens of papers and a number of books, of which the most recent is ‘Net- Positive Design and Sustainable Urban Development’. She is a clear and consistent advocate for the design of human settlements that are socially and ecologically ‘net positive’ and has just published "Net-Positive Design and Sustainable Urban Development" (Routledge) which provides methods, models and metrics to enable practitioners and students to create eco-positive environments. It also includes a free computer app to facilitate net-positive designIn this wide-ranging conversation, we explore the myriad ways we could choose to design our buildings differently - and the many practical ways we could upgrade what exists as well as creating new models for what might arise.  Janis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janis-birkeland-84135120/Net Positive Design WebsiteAlgae-Tecture: https://carloratti.com/project/algaetecture/Mycelial Bricks: https://wasterush.info/mycelium-construction/https://whitneyfungifun.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/sustainability-of-mycelium-bricks/https://happho.com/an-emerging-sustainable-construction-material-mycelium-bricks/https://www.certifiedenergy.com.au/emerging-materials/emerging-materials-mycelium-brick

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1 Jun 2022

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Episode 59: Net-Positive Design with Prof Janis Birkeland and Morag Gamble

Sense-making in a Changing World

In this episode of Sense-Making in a Changing World it is my honour and delight to be speaking with a giant in the world of design, Professor Janis Birkeland.  Janis has dedicated her personal, professional and academic life to figuring out what is genuine ecological and social sustainability and how we can work towards it. She was drawn to exploring and reimagining the design of our cities, the places where we live and work to explore this question. She first became an architect and urban designer, then transferred into city planning. Later she became a lawyer to better understand the barriers to systems change. Janis originated the theory of Net-Positive Development and Design and is the author of many books - Positive Development, Design for Sustainability and more recently Net Positive Design and Sustainable Urban Development which includes an app ...as well as 100s of papers.  Janis has been a Professor of Architecture at QUT, Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the University of Auckland and is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne . Together we explore ways to rethink how to design human settlements for one-planet-living in ways that enhance not destroy the places they are in. ________________________________LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORLD OF PERMACULTURE WITH MORAG GAMBLE Explore the permaculture films, articles, masterclasses and other resources on Our Permaculture Life Youtube channel & blog. Find out more about the Permaculture Education Institute and becoming a certified permaculture educator. If your main interest is getting a thriving food garden set up,  take a look at this online course: The Incredible Edible Garden. ________________________________ Download this list of 10 of Morag's favourite books.   Click here to watch my free 4 part introduction to permaculture video series. ________________________________ I acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live, work & play, and pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging.  Audio: Rhiannon GambleMusic: Kim Kirkman

1hr 1min

15 Sep 2021