db+a is an urban planning and research consultancy. We develop and provide services that help create healthy, sustainable and resilient urban environments, specialising in new ways of integrating mainstream health and sustainability services more effectively. To each project we bring detailed knowledge of viable delivery of exemplar neighbourhoods. Our clients are landowners, investors, developers, governments, authorities, housing associations and communities: stakeholders with long-term interests. We work with an established network of independent knowledge leaders in economics, climate change adaptation, data mapping and systems analysis, tailoring cutting edge innovation to each client's specific needs. Our methods increase trust, promote collaboration and reduce risk in order to allow healthy prosperity within environmental limits.
Daniel Black is the Founding Director of urban planning research consultancy, db+a, and Director of multi-award winning low-carbon mixed-use housing developer, Clipper Estates. Unusually, Daniel combines two often isolated areas of interest: long experience in the practical considerations of viable high quality delivery on the one hand, and extensive knowledge of the systems, processes and tools used to promote quality of life - health and sustainability - on the other. Throughout his career he has immersed himself in understanding how human settlements function and how decisions are made that impact on short and long-term quality of life. Before founding his own practice in 2012, he worked for the building-science centre, Building Research Establishment, the planning consultancy, Baker Associates, and sustainable transport charity, Sustrans. Daniel is a panel member on the Urban Land Institute's Sustainability Council, University of Birmingham's £6m Liveable Cities Programme, the Town and Country Planning Association's Climate Spatial Futures Initiative & Planning for Climate Change Coalition, and part of the Core Group on Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Place Group.