Sustainable Urban Planning

Master Planning is approached as an integrated and iterative process going beyond design:

• It is a manifestation of a business plan
• It is engineering
• It is management

We provide the following master planning services:

 

SITE ANALYSIS

• Comparative Advantages
• Constrains Definition
• Geospatial Analysis

 

PLANNING & CONSULTING

• Stakeholder Engagement
• Business Plan
• Design Strategies
• Infrastructure Strategies
• By-Laws

 

IMPLEMENTATION

• Phasing Strategies
• Sustainability Assessment

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Sustainability and resiliency are pursued through integration of urban planning, infrastructure and natural systems The city is approached as a sustainable system composed of integrated infrastructure sub-systems:

• Waste
• Transportation
• Energy
• Water
• Landscape
• Information
• Food

Through a holistic and inter-disciplinary approach, the environmental, social, and economic aspects of each infrastructure system are addressed. All infrastructure systems are interrelated through synergies and inter-dependencies.

We provide the following consulting services:

 

DEMAND ANALYSIS

• Actions to Reduce Demand

 

CORE STRATEGIES

• Definition of Strategic Approach & Resources Employed to Meet the Demand

 

NODES

• Placement of Facilities for Efficiency, Resiliency & Integration to Context

 

NETWORKS

• Configuration to Networks for Efficiency & Flexibility

Sustainable Building Design

Building clusters are developed to be architecturally interesting while engaging people in the public realm. Building volume, height, activities at ground floor level are some of the parameters used towards this objective. Building placement creates a sense of activity and liveliness in the public space, enhancing pedestrian environments.

Open spaces are configured so as to improve conditions within the urban fabric. They are designed to create favorable microclimates, offer opportunities for recreation, provide natural drainage and more. The building sector is one of the largest consumers of energy, water and materials. Significant savings are achieved by adaptation to local conditions, setting requirements for the building envelope and systems configuration and implementing passive design. Energy and daylight simulations with state of the art tools are performed to guide design decisions.

We provide the following consulting services:

 

CONTEXT ANALYSIS

• Climate & Local Lifestyle

 

BY-LAWS FOR BUILDING SITES

• Setbacks, Massing, Streetwall, F.A.R., Coverage Ratio, Building Height

 

BY-LAWS FOR OPEN SPACES

• Signage, Lighting, Vegetation, Paving, Accessibility, Parking

 

BY-LAWS FOR ENERGY WATER, WASTE MANAGEMENT

• Properties for Buildings, Envelope, Building Systems, Occupant Behavior

 

BUILDING MODELLING

• Energy & Daylight Simulation