What is Doughnut Economics?
Doughnut Economics combines social, planetary, and economic sustainability into one model. The focus of the model is on balance, aiming to work towards a regenerative and just future where both our planet and society thrive.
In the middle of the doughnut lies the Social Foundation, which defines 12 dimensions that are essential for a good life and a fair society, ranging from affordable quality housing to healthy indoor environments, social services, and good public spaces. It is important that we achieve all 12 dimensions in the Social Foundation.
Outside the doughnut, you’ll find the Planetary Ceiling, which defines the nine most crucial systems on our planet, such as biodiversity and climate change. It is important that we do not exceed any of the nine planetary boundaries.
Why is the manual relevant?
With the Doughnut for Urban Development we are using doughnut economics as a model for urban development and construction for the first time. Doughnut Economics has previously been used with great success globally and for urban strategies ranging from Amsterdam to Copenhagen.
We have developed the Manual to provide the entire industry with a practical tool to evaluate the sustainability of their projects and what they can do to make them even more sustainable. The manual embraces both social and planetary sustainability and incorporates both local and global dimensions.
We believe in open-source
The Doughnut for Urban Development is an open-source tool that we hope will benefit the entire industry. That’s why the entire book can be downloaded - completely free - and we hope that you will read it, use it, and share your experiences with the rest of the industry.
Time is ticking, and the temperature of our planet continues to rise - that’s why it is not enough to keep good solutions to ourselves. If we are to solve the challenges we face, we believe in collaboration and hope that the Doughnut for Urban Development can contribute to the journey towards a more sustainable and inclusive way of developing our cities.