We started off with the idea that if we are going to have ever more
density, it has to be done well. There is lots of experience over the last
century of density done badly which has resulted in social, physical
and environmental degradation.
If you look at the great projects, there has been a huge amount
of cross-disciplinary working. Yet, although we talk about thinking
holistically, what we tend to do is work in silos.
Secondly, we tend to focus on input, rather than the outcomes that
we are looking for. Projects that succeed are those that have the right
values at the beginning, yet it is easy to think too much about viability
and the cost, rather than about place and whole-life value.
To try to break down that kind of thinking in our Environmental
salon, we challenged the participants to create physical links
within a structure between different aspects of the environment,
both resource based - energy, water, waste and materials - and
those related to place - air quality, noise, daylight. This set the
scene for the participants to consider, from an environmental
point of view, all the issues that create a successful or
Through discussion of the issues, trends and examples of
specific site conditions, a series of principles for successful
environments were drawn up.