Exploring ideas around a restorative / net positive built environment, based on our understanding of environmental limits and social equality. We will draw on best practice and emerging knowledge from leading practitioners and thinkers from around the globe on exemplary projects at both the building and neighbourhood level.

These visions will be developed through regular lectures, held online and in-person, focusing on restorative sustainability, net positive development and social justice. The lecture series will be supported by a series of smaller-scale think pieces and events in specific areas of interest, with the aim of identifying future Grand Challenges. Our inaugural lecture (2nd July 2021) is a memorial to Neil May MBE, focusing on foundational economy, with guest speakers Karel Williams and Julie Froud from University of Manchester’s  Business School.

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The SDF has previously undertaken research to help the drive towards more sustainable buildings, including: