Integration of the subsurface and the surface sectors for a more holistic approach for sustainable redevelopment of urban brownfields
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

This paper presents a holistic approach to sustainable urban brownfield redevelopment where specific focus is put on the integration of a multitude of subsurface qualities in the early phases of the urban redevelopment pro- cess, i.e. in the initiative and plan phases. Achieving sustainability in brownfield redevelopment projects may be constrained by a failure of engagement between two key expert constituencies: urban planners/designers and subsurface engineers, leading to missed opportunities and unintended outcomes in the plan realisation phase. A more integrated approach delivers greater benefits. Three case studies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden were used to test different sustainability assessment instruments in terms of the possibility for knowl- edge exchange between the subsurface and the surface sectors and in terms of cooperative learning among experts and stakeholders. Based on the lessons learned from the case studies, a generic decision process frame- work is suggested that supports holistic decision making. The suggested framework focuses on stakeholder involvement, communication, knowledge exchange and learning and provides an inventory of instruments that can support these processes.

Sustainability assessment

Spatial planning Remediation

Subsurface qualities

Brownfield redevelopment


Jenny Norrman

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Geologi och geoteknik

Yevheniya Volchko

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Geologi och geoteknik

Fransje Hooimeijer

TU Delft

Linda Maring


Jaan-Henrik Kain

Chalmers, Arkitektur

Paul Bardos

r3 Environmental Technology Ltd

Steven Broekx

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO)

Alistair Beames

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO)

Lars Rosen

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Geologi och geoteknik

Science of the Total Environment

0048-9697 (ISSN) 1879-1026 (eISSN)

Vol. 563 879-889

Balance 4P - Fyra faktorer för balanserade beslut vid förnyelse av tidigare exploaterad mark i städer – människor, miljö, lönsamhet och processer

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