A prerequisite to a successful masterplan design is the understanding and subsequent response to the environmental and natural context of the project site. Contextualizing a project site means understanding its existing environmental and natural conditions such as climate, biodiversity, geology and hydrology, as well as any other natural features. The objective of assessing these conditions is to guide the design towards optimizing the microclimate within the development, as well as reduce overall environmental risk.
Using advanced simulation and analysis techniques, AESG’s modelling team can provide specific, quantitative feedback to the design team, highlighting site opportunities and constraints at the briefing stage of the design and allowing for effective land use planning to protect significant environmental assets, as well as the incorporation of passive design measures to enhance the outdoor microclimate and to minimise community and building side energy demand.
Continued analysis and feedback throughout the design development offers further refinement, facilitating quantitative assessment and direction on key design decisions. Analysis can also allow for the assessment of predicted future climate conditions to ensure adaptability to climate change, resulting in an urban fabric that is environmentally responsive and resilient. Through the application of GIS Mapping, AESG’s in-house GIS specialists are able to provide geo-referenced, site specific environmental data to further inform and enhance the design from the early stages of the project to completion.
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