Urban sustainability

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Edwin Toledo, Peruvian eco-architect based in Estepona, provides an insight into the importance of bioclimatic urban sustainability, how it can be achieved and what it means for the environment.

Estomar91 is a keen advocate of environmentally friendly design, architecture and planning solutions. We are determined to incorporate specific eco-friendly aspects to each project we are in charge of.

 

Edwin Toledo PalaoEdwin Toledo, Peruvian eco-architect based in Estepona, provides an insight into the importance of bioclimatic urban sustainability, how it can be achieved and what it means for the environment.

Estomar91 is a keen advocate of environmentally friendly design, architecture and planning solutions. We are determined to incorporate specific eco-friendly aspects to each project we are in charge of.

he world is becoming more ECO-aware. Over the last few years, numerous agreements, policies and laws have been passed with the purpose of providing legal support for developing more sustainable urban areas. However, it doesn’t stop there. The legislation is in place but it’s just as important that all recommendations and rulings are implemented at the initial planning stage.

ciudad ecológicaBioclimatic city

The concept of a bioclimatic city is based on the interaction between cycles of matter and energy, reducing the ecological footprint by minimising urban impact on air, water and soil quality, with a view to increased energy efficiency.

Environmental urban planning

Environmental planning integrates the relationship between the built environment (buildings and cities) and the natural surroundings (climate, flora and fauna), taking into account the human impact on nature.

Better quality of life

Taking advantage of available resources from the land, energy and climate and controlling the negative effects will provide a better quality of life, particularly in the long-term. These considerations should be taken into account at every step of the planning stage, as should analysis of the surrounding geography; water, soil, subsoil, flora and fauna, in order to achieve a well-balanced urban environment.

It can be summed up in one word; consideration. By considering the natural surroundings, energy sources, town planning and the type of buildings, it’s possible to work towards real sustainability.