Our Motivation

As populations shift, cities around the world face two types of challenges: rapid urbanization and population shifts that decrease populations in urban areas. These are challenges of rapid land use changes that will affect future infrastructure and institutional needs, future investment, place stress on surrounding landscapes and may increase susceptibility to climate change. The management of rapid urbanization of a region requires a scientific understanding of the complex patterns and processes associated with land cover changes and urban growth. The synthesis of this information will help decision makers to properly manage the challenges posed by urban expansion.

We embrace our responsibility by raising the standard for sustainable management practices in both our internal actions and the delivery of services.


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Our framework

The process of urban analysis and simulation includes an initial data collection and stakeholder engagement phase, followed by research and spatial analysis to understand the historic and current urban and natural conditions of the area of interest. We use remote sensing and satellite technology in order to assess land cover and land use changes over time. This is followed by urban growth simulation and modeling, which considers future shifts in populations, assets and market demands, and the distribution of green and grey infrastructure.

Our different approaches are presented through the following frameworks.

Practice areas

For more information

Urban and Landscape Sustainability Specialist
+1 617-227-8885 (GMT -05:00)

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  • Urban Sustainability, Factsheet