DESIM – North Arm Cove Initiative – SEEDS — Design Engineering SUSTAINABILITY Innovation Management Dejan Simovic Sustainability & LEED

Dejan Simovic & Tatjana Djuric-Simovic

DESIM-R&D, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Keywords: Sustainability, Collaborative Planning, Circular Economy, Heritage


In the past few decades, it has become clear that the problems we are facing now, in our environment are the result of inadequate practices used in the past. Changing climate with increasing extreme weather events being just one of the aspects we need to mitigate, according to IPCC reports (1). Perpetual growth based on the linear model (take-make-use-dispose) and consumerism has led to severe depletion of natural resources, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Since 1992’s “Earth Summit”, various attempts have been made to address unsustainable development practices and collaborate towards achieving better outcomes for the world’s population and the planet. Finally, 2015 has seen the adoption of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (2). Global pandemic in the past two years has brought additional challenges in all aspects of our lives, planning and urban development are not spared. Our project is looking at alternative models to sustainability orientated urban planning – based on outcomes and circularity in order to preserve natural resources and environment.


This is a complex and long-lasting project, drawing from the authors’ long experience as well as their professional and social network. Tatjana’s main contribution in this project and paper is exploration of heritage aspects, work by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, as well as review of Australian/New South Wales’s planning regulation. Dejan’s role and contribution are in technical, technological and general practical aspects of sustainability in urban development. Both authors are equally concerned with educational and social aspects of the project. Main groups of resources are related to heritage aspects, current planning system regulation and current and anticipated trends in sustainability, technological innovation and social development.

2.1 Heritage

North Arm Cove is an exceptional location in Australia, among other things, because of its rich Aboriginal and Colonial history. Aboriginal people are known for their special relationship with the land, water and living environment. The Worimi people have been traditional custodians of the land in the …


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