Master Planning and Urban Design
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which in turn depends on the well-being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
It had become evident quite some time ago that humans are living unsustainably, and the effect on nature was quite clear, which sparked early sustainability efforts, since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability and sustainable development, that of the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
At the 2005 World Summit it was noted that this requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands - the "three pillars" of sustainability.
The triple bottom line (or "TBL", "3BL", or "People, Planet, Profit") captures an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, environmental and social. However, the concept of sustainability as defined by the United Nations has yet to become sustainable; lessons from the evolution of civilization points at very important factors which remain currently ignored.
Sustainability is human-driven; as human behavior and sentiment remain the single most important economic driver worldwide, and economics remain the final judge of the survivability of any new law, invention, principal, etc., sustainability therefore has to account for human behavior and sentiment, using anthropological tools, supported by clear understanding of human anatomy and function, not only in respecting "human scale" but in respecting human cognition in general. Yet this will remain lacking unless optimized by understating and adhering to the local cultural values.
Thus the final aspect of sustainability and the most sophisticated is cultural sustainability, in understanding the culture of a society with all its resulting art forms, and leading the development process to preserve and enhance the manifestation of local culture.
The sustainable urban development department in Dorsch considers in the design and development process all the levels of sustainability in an integrated iterative design approach to achieve Intelligent Urbanism. To compete in an ever evolving world, the department through continued research will maintain a knowledge base, unique to the industry and deeply rooted in a rich heritage of trade derived from the culture and history of the Middle East.
Our approach is heuristic and multi-leveled, focused on top-down processes; ideally analysis will be carried out from macro to micro level.
The department comprises task team with cross specialties to cover the project requirements, relaying on the cumulative corporate knowledge, tools and resources deeper specializations include:
- Urban Land Economics
- Regional Planning
- Urban Planning and Design
- Urban Environment Planning
The methodology of achieving the vision stated above is systematically planned, taking in consideration all of the aspects comprising intelligent urbanism, these aspects stretch across a very wide spectrum of disciplines, involving several fields of art and science, this mandates working in close cooperation in a multidisciplinary team. Below are the principals which we consider in our urban development process:
- Balance with nature
- Balance with culture
- Appropriate utility & infrastructure technology
- Efficiency and economic viability
- Cognitive design
- Job creation and opportunity matrix
- Regional integration