Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

In an industrialised society, buildings and the movement of goods and people between them account for two-thirds of energy consumption. As a result, cities contribute to about 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that cities can be designed to be both productive and clean. Stockholm reduced emissions by 35% from 1993 to 2010, but grew its economy by 41%, one of the highest growth rates in Europe.

Design plays a huge part. Cities that are consistently rated highly by the public in terms of quality of life are relatively compact and pedestrian-friendly, with good public transport and generous parks and civic spaces. These more desirable cities are comparatively dense and have evolved historically from a traditional European concept.
— Norman Foster.

The next 25 years will see a continued revolution in communication technologies and radical changes in the ways in which we generate, consume and buy energy but relatively little is currently being done to accommodate or plan for these events.

MCAU is passionately committed to designing schemes which minimise environmental impact and optimise renewable energy efficiency. It is our responsibility to mitigate the effects of climate through our design solutions. Our aim is to always present environmental strategies that strive to minimise environmental impact and deliver low carbon solutions, which are practical and viable in the context of client budget as well as other potential sources of funding.

Social Sustainability

MCAU has a commitment to addressing social sustainability and how this can help shape our built environment. We work closely with our clients to deliver inclusive, mixed-use urban developments with a clear business case. We recognise the need for commerciality, and at the same time the need for articulating social awareness.

Our collaborative processes seek to fulfil the best ‘human’ and life enhancing solutions possible. We do this by involving our clients, end users, contractors and all other stakeholders to create the best outcome possible.

 

Modern City Challenges