Narrative and Sustainability: An Interpretation and a Case Study

Danilo Di Mascio, Helen Darnell

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The following paper explores and reflects upon the relationships between narrative and sustainability and proposes the use of an interpretation of narrative that encourages more sustainable ways of living. The paper shows aspects of research currently in progress. The whole world is currently facing many challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, scarcity of food and water, overpopulation, desertification, and land degradation, to name just a few. To address these challenges, several countries and the United Nations have organised conferences and written documents describing the importance of sustainable development, and proposed actions which should be taken to improve each of the main issues. Indeed, the United Nations website provides a detailed description of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals2considered essential to the development of a better future. The work produced during several previous conferences has informed the definition of these goals. However, these goals can be addressed in multiple ways, and the concept of sustainability is open to many interpretations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultures, Communities and Design
Subtitle of host publicationAMPS Proceedings Series 30
EditorsFabian Neuhaus
PublisherAMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023
EventCultures, Communities and Design: Connecting Planning, Landscapes, Architecture and People - Calgary, Canada
Duration: 28 Jun 202230 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameAMPS Proceedings Series 30
PublisherAMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society)
ISSN (Electronic)2398-9467


ConferenceCultures, Communities and Design
Abbreviated titleAMPS 30


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