Sustainable design and engineering is in great demand in cities all over the world. As a result, design and engineering consultancies have to continue finding ways to capitalize on sustainable developments responsibly.
Implementing a strategy to reduce the friction between the human-ecology and economic imperatives is a major step. Amongst Ramboll’s Nordic sustainable perspectives, the Swedish perspective can be innovative enough to reduce this friction that can stand in the way of the comprehensive sustainable project mission, which is profitable and value-added.
But can this comprehensive and holistic Nordic approach, intended to link stakeholders into a positive project dynamic be applied effectively enough under unique country-specific contexts? A strategy that incorporates a framework to understand and value the intangibilities of sustainability and fine-tuned for the different conditions and unique contexts of where projects are built can help by creating positive synergies between stakeholders.
The friction between the human-ecology and economic imperatives exists and we draw upon previous research and sustainable development projects in Sweden and Istanbul, Turkey, to determine how this friction prevents projects from being comprehensively sustainable.
Exploring beyond the Swedish sustainable perspective can help rationalize contextual barriers during the pre-construction stages of the project life cycle. And, with the right strategy, the project coalition can design and engineer with confidence knowing that the intangibilities of sustainability are valued and used by each stakeholder to optimize their profitability responsibly.
Author: De Robles, Robert | Jhung, Ha-won