Sustainable Communities

To achieve sustainability, we must ensure we create places where people want to live and work and raise a family. Sustainability assessment and analysis can ensure each new development contributes to this goal.

The evidence is mounting that the environment in which a child is raised has a significant impact on its physical and psychological development. In recent years, development of the built environment has typically focused on the needs of the shopper and of the car - we are missing a focus on people. Without consideration for our children, attempts to create sustainable communities will overlook that which is most dear to us all.

This has resulted less people using our streets for recreation, in children feeling like they have nowhere to play, parents feeling they need to drive their children to school, and increasing incidences of obesity and depression. While climate change is held up as the greatest threat to humanity globally, locally people are more concerned about increasing violence and crime on our streets.

At the turn of the 20th century, concerns for the built environment were of infections and disease, of food and job security, and providing places for people to live. The challenge for this century is to provide a built environment that encourages activity and social interaction, creativity and innovation. In this way, we will also solve many contemporary health and environmental issues.

In the words of Lord Richard Rogers, "People make cities, but cities make citizens". We can help show you how your business, project or location can respond to all these challenges, truly creating a future we want to live in.

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Spaces and Places

LWC's Lorna Walker and Matthew Simmons were recently published in the ICE Journal, "Urban Design and Planning," (Vol 162, issue DP3) with a briefing entitled "Spaces and Places."

An interview with Lorna Walker was published in the London Wildlife Trust's magazine, "Wild London," with the heading "Urban is my joy." Lorna has also commented on shared spaces in the Guardian's "Comment is Free" section, entitled "A path to greater freedom."