While the concept of ‘community’ is simple and universally understood, communities are inherently complicated organisms, with multiple global forces and local challenges impacting the physical and virtual realms they occupy. These include population growth, digital disruption and shifting societal expectations, as well as existential threats such as climate change and pandemics.
Because no two communities are the same, our mission is to address, manage and mitigate the impacts of these complex, often convergent challenges to support our clients’ strategic ambitions and community aspirations.
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Increasingly complex challenges require sophisticated, integrated solutions. Our specialists carefully weigh-up the disparate wants and needs of communities to solve problems and harness opportunity – dialing up or down our emphasis on four key enablers to get the balance right for our clients:
All types of communities
By connecting our global network of capability across GHD, our integrated teams are able to address the unique challenges of communities everywhere.
From bustling cities to rural towns, expanding suburbs to remote villages, our Future Communities specialists work across typologies, geographies and markets to help our clients lay the foundation for future success.
In partnership with our clients, we're applying our integrated expertise and deep experience to explore five key areas.
Adaptation and resilience
According to data from the World Bank, the number of people affected by natural disasters tripled to two billion in the past decade. The costs are not just financial: critical infrastructure, societal cohesion and wellbeing are also at risk.
Dynamic forces such as a shortage of affordable housing, population growth and regulations are impacting the provision of housing to communities. In response, the sector is changing and traditional approaches are transforming.
New solutions, elevated services
To ensure our Future Communities solutions and services deliver meaningful, long-term benefit, we undertake rigorous client engagement and ongoing market analysis. Each new offering is designed to help our clients get the balance right, to support the communities of today and tomorrow.