B+H outlines a strategic approach to the future of cities
By 2030, two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities and the area covered by cities could triple, according to a 2016 U.N. report. Equally as fascinating is the fact that we likely won’t see the most growth and development in the world’s largest cities, but rather in our globe’s small- and medium-sized urban centres. There’s no question that we’re currently undergoing a rapid pace of development that requires a fresh and strategic approach. After all, we’re planning and building tomorrow’s
While we can try to adopt a forward-friendly perspective, in a time of progressive change, it’s inherently impossible to predict the future. But, while we don’t know what’s coming, we do know the experiences and places that make people happy, healthy and prosperous haven’t changed in millennia. The need for safe housing, accessibility, quality education and clean air and water – these basic building blocks for strong communities remain the same.
At B+H, we do things differently. We work with our clients to ask the right questions – the tough questions – to get us thinking outside of what’s assumed and expected. When we dig deep, we can pair qualitative insight with emerging trends and statistics to innovate and raise the bar on design. We know that as things around us shift, we need to explore what that means for our clients and the future of cities, communities and economies.
Our teams put people first. When we understand how change impacts people, we can plan small adaptations that have transformative and positive impacts on our daily lives. At B+H, we’re expert navigators. We set our clients up for success through a bold approach to resilient frameworks, systems, and strategies that reduce risk, optimise performance, and
We combine qualitative insight, scenario development and strategic design thinking to find integrated solutions that fuse regional and urban planning with landscape and building architecture to tell each development’s unique story. Solutions that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable and benefit future generations and communities.
This was produced by B+H Architects for Middle East Architect’s April 2018 issue.