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Assessing Social Sustainability for Achieving Sustainable Architecture

Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010142
Received: 13 November 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 22 December 2020 / Published: 25 December 2020
Sustainability is an inherent urban and architectural problem. It is simultaneously characterized by many different dimensions, pursuing heterogeneous and often conflicting objectives. To help address these complexities in a structured way, this paper illustrates an integrated assessment framework to tackle social sustainability, in order to support the decision-making process towards sustainable architecture. This integrated decision support framework was applied to a case study concerning a new cultural centre at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. The aim of this paper is to propose a decision support methodological framework for the analysis, graphical visualization and evaluation of social sustainability of architectural projects. It combines three methods: first, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis, to get a guided understanding of the project and detect the best design strategies; second, the Stakeholder Analysis (SA), to develop a strategic view of the actors involved; third, the Social Return of the Investment (SROI) as a methodological tool for social impact assessment. This framework, presented through the discussion of some project solutions, helps us to analyse the architectural material effect of social sustainability and answer the question: Are we investing properly and creating spaces sufficiently functional to build better conditions for our community and our city? View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable architecture; social sustainability; SWOT analysis; stakeholder analysis; graphical SROI sustainable architecture; social sustainability; SWOT analysis; stakeholder analysis; graphical SROI
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Lami, I.M.; Mecca, B. Assessing Social Sustainability for Achieving Sustainable Architecture. Sustainability 2021, 13, 142. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010142

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Lami IM, Mecca B. Assessing Social Sustainability for Achieving Sustainable Architecture. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):142. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010142

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Lami, Isabella M., and Beatrice Mecca. 2021. "Assessing Social Sustainability for Achieving Sustainable Architecture" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 142. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010142

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