Atlanta currently has a density of 630 people per square mile and is the 9th largest city population in the US. For Atlanta to implement sustainable living tactics, while also improving the quality of living will be a unique and continual struggle not experienced in other urban areas. Atlanta’s geography resembles the characteristics of lower density suburban areas (suburban sprawl post) yet is considered to be a higher density urban area due to its estimated population of 5.2 million. In other words, Atlanta has a lot of people that demand a big city’s benefits and services for living in a big city, yet, Atlanta’s geography is sprawling, and these city benefits and services are in many cases, fragmented, sparse and not available to the city as a whole entity. Atlanta’s challenges are those of both low and high-density areas.
In the role of architects there are many responsibilities and liabilities. Our goals are creating spaces that exceed our clients’ expectations, designing a safe environment, managing and designing to a budget and creating an environment and design that is sustainable throughout time. Creating a safe space and managing to the goal budget both dovetail together: usage of safe materials and limiting waste. Limiting waste takes research and planning.
By following sustainable design principles, designers can contribute to the reduction of negative environmental impacts. As a licensed architecture and interior design firm, we’ve taken an oath to design responsibly and sustainably.
Our culture is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmentally responsible architecture, interior design, and building. As a result, more and more of our clients seek to incorporate sustainable principles in their designs and interiors. There can be cost deterrents and benefits to adopting a sustainable approach to projects, which when done correctly, we feel that the pros negate the cons and result in a giant benefit overall.