Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Spaces and Flows Research Network.
This study focuses on designing a community environment education center (CEEC) for Chillingham, as a hub for community transition to sustainability. This center aids in redressing social fragmentation, youth unemployment, a high eco-footprint, and economic rural decline due to globalization. The “ecological sustainability” framework was delivered by integrating “environmental education” and “community development” through project-based experiential learning. The development of Chillingham Community Center involved case study research and incorporated participatory design charrettes, transformative learning, eco-positive development, and community-public-private partnerships. This process evolved from community strategic planning in a small rural village buffered by world heritage rainforests and impacted by a rapidly expanding urban conurbation on Australia’s east coast. This community space encompasses socio-environmental flows connecting people to each other and the ecoscape to grow natural capital, integrate community cohesion, and empower eco-governance. Modelling passive solar design, on-site renewable energy, water and nutrient cycling, community garden, market, and environmental education programs sowed the seeds for a “green local economy,” demonstrating community capacity to participate in a transition toward sustainability. A small rural community can demonstrate to other communities that a CEEC enables people to meet their socio-environmental and economic needs locally and sustainably. The ecologically sustainable solution is holistic; settlements need to be richly biodiverse, locally specific, and globally wise.
Mohammad Ali Behbahani, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, 7-22
Vanessa Mooney, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, 37-45
Nick Dunn, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, 67-75
Rebecca Katkin, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, 61-70
Nick Dunn, Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, 87-96