Here is the final part for this series – did you read the previous blog posts? Did they make you think or inspire you? Do you have questions or projects you wanted let us know about?
At 5th element we are passionate about the people and want to make sure the environment they live in offers fun and joy that also promotes safety and health. Our dream is to create visionary places with the future occupants in mind. Please read along about the final principles that we consider in our designs and send us an email or comment below – We’d love to meet you and hear from you.
Means to start the design process by thinking carefully about the typical use scenarios of the building, common points of stress due to normal use, as well as the most likely disaster situations in the environment that could challenge the integrity of the building and/or endanger its occupants. The local environment always plays a critical role in determining the factors that make a building resilient or not, and so resilient design is always locally specific” (source: http://inhabitat.com/resilient-design-is-resilience-the-new-sustainability/) We consider usual aspects of sustainable design such as orientation of the building/property, local resources and take individual needs of the owner, future function and flexibility of the building into account. Within the 5th element team we offer a wide range of knowledge and tools in this field and are passionate to improve the quality of Canadian buildings. The climate plays a role and the future changes we are facing. Urban heat islands in big cities have proven negative effect on the local climate and energy consumption. Increased demand of energy and water are closely linked to the design of our buildings and cities and an easily be optimized. Integrating nature and respecting local resources can create a visionary neighbourhood for all ranges of society and beings on this planet.
Organic local food is an important aspect in a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Current food production is declining and has a major impact on our landscape and natural resources. The use of too many chemicals and other industrial farming methods are already showing disastrous consequences (water pollution, depletion of previous healthy soil, water shortages etc).
Local shops, local food production, and principles of permaculture design will be implemented on city level, in the landscape design and as much as possible on the building level. Offering space to hold workshops and supporting to spread the knowledge will be an essential part in the 5th element community planning.
Biodiversity is in serious decline and while securing natural places in cities is considered in new urban planning, the need to re-establish conditions of real nature within our cities and to preserve natural resources or even re-create them gets neglected. Connected green zones and wildlife through naturel corridors have to be part of every new planning development. In addition architecture and urbanism increase biodiversity by specific measures: integrating green areas to buildings, creating new ecological parks and community gardens, and connecting humid zones.
This is the final post in this series. Give us your feedback – and we can’t wait to introduce you to some design ideas in the near future.