Sustaining Facilities Management and the Role of the Landscape as Social Capital: Landscape as Social Capital

Helen Whitbread

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper


The ISS 2020 Vision Scenarios for the future of the Global Facility Management Industry, published in 2011 identifies technology and sustainability as the key transformative drivers in shaping the role of Facilities Management into the next decade and beyond. In reviewing a scenario where technologies such as the Internet of Things are integral to a sustainable Facilities Management Service, it is proposed that along with Energy, Water, Waste and Indoor Environment Quality, that Outdoor Environment Quality, that is the landscape, in particular the cultural landscape plays a vital role in sustaining the social capital of an organisation. While the environmental contribution of the landscape to a sustainable future such as through the application of principles such as Water Sensitive Urban Design is well known, documented and practiced, the role of biophilia, the bond between humans and living systems, has not to date not been formally considered in the suite of opportunities for sustainable development. Using the University sector as a case study, this presentation explores the importance of landscape as a significant sustainability opportunity and challenge in an increasingly technological future.

Key Words
Facilities Management, the Internet of Things, Outdoor Environment Quality, biophlia, cultural landscape, landscape architecture, social capital, sustainable development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFMA ideaction 2013 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationFacility Management Association of Australia
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


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