Quality of Urban Form + Investment
Developing a model linking 'good density' with investment returns
A six-month project, co-funded by members of the Urban Land Institute and co-managed with New Climate Economy’s Coalition for Urban Transitions, the aim was to start the development of a model that could be used by the global real estate investment community to identify and invest in ‘good density’ urban form (i.e. cities and neighbourhoods that produce less carbon).
A hugely ambitious and exciting project and idea, this project lays the foundation for a vital piece of the puzzle in terms of the role of cities' and the real estate investment community in addressing climate change.
db+a were part of the winning team led by Kathy Pain from University of Reading's Henley Business School (Real Estate and Planning) with their Walker Institute (meteorology and climate resilience), Institute of Environmental Analytics (data visualisation) and the University of Bath (infrastructure costs).
Our role was to assist in project coordination/integration and to lead on the urban design aspects of the project, specifically in terms of identifying globally comparable and quantifiable data indicators that could be used to assess what is 'good density'.