“I happened yesterday, to be invited to a global webinar hosted by the ULI (Urban Land Institute) that considered and debated the impact of the COP21 Paris 2015 on the Real Estate property market. 195 nations of the world have recently and at last, signed up to a legally binding global climate deal, and with this there will be, an emerging and overwhelming new responsibility on all of us, designers of the built (and consumptive) environment. And then by chance this morning, I heard news on the BBC, that Environmental Agency, here in Britain, could no longer continue to focus, as it has, predominantly on water management, water quality and air quality, but that now soil quality was understood to be as vital, as it has been overlooked, in carbon capture and retention, heat island mitigation, protection from erosion and flooding, and of course providing for and supporting agriculture and plant life.
As an architect trying to focus on the discovery of a better inter-relationship of urban and built form to our natural landscapes and ecologies, I am re-assured to know Chris Arms and his wonderful company. Chris has attracted and assembled a rare and wholly unique combination of landscape designers, hydrologists, ecologists, scientists and civil engineers that give us, within the broader design and construction industry, the opportunity to imagine and realise solutions on a big and therefore impactful scale, that mostly follow age-old principles of conscientious ground and water science and management through careful integration, frugality, and imagination.”