Sustainable Obsolescence Management – A Conceptual Unified Framework to Form Basis of an Interactive Intelligent Multimedia System

  • T. E. Butt
  • J. C. Cooper
  • K. G. Jones
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 11)


The environment that surrounds us can be categorised into two parts, the natural environment and the built environment. Which ever environment type is to be maintained and / or enhanced for good, its sustainability has to be managed against obsolescence. From the built environment perspective, well more than half of whatever has been built and is being built, is going to be around for many decades to come. Thus, managing the sustainability of the existing built environment against obsolescence is of paramount importance. Keeping the focus on the built environment category, this paper establishes that sustainability and obsolescence are inversely related concepts. Furthermore, like sustainability, obsolescence is a multifaceted entity, thereby necessitating multimedia engagement of people/stakeholders, programs, technologies, equipment and other resources more than usual. Discussing the importance of the existing built environment, this paper presents a tool in the form of a conceptual but unified framework of sustainable obsolescence management. This framework can be used as fundamentals for further research in future to develop an intelligent multimedia architecture. Thus, the research work presented in this paper is at an initial stage of development of an intelligent multimedia system in a holistic format.


Sustainability sustainable development climate change multimedia multiagent system multicriteria framework obsolescence built environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. E. Butt
    • 1
  • J. C. Cooper
    • 1
  • K. G. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG)University of GreenwichLondonEngland, UK

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