Shaping Better Places

Arc is at the forefront of systems thinking in environmental sustainability for development, infrastructure and regeneration, providing innovative ecological and environmental services to business and industry, including construction, property development, local and national government.

Our Shaping Better Places framework, developed through years of experience, provides a unique service in its combination of ecological and human health, so evidently now a global priority in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Shaping Better Places provides also exactly the support to government and business that is required by current and emerging environmental regulation.

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Our 9 actions for place-base regeneration, helping communities, environments and economies to prosper…


Building Natural Capital

  1. Revive built environments, blue infrastructure and managed greenspaces by installing life-cycle resources for wildlife (room to breed, feed, roost and hibernate); maintain to deliver boosted biodiversity and enriched ecosystem services.


  1. Act vertically as well as horizontally, from subterranean to high-rise, punctuating the urban environment with biologically favourable spaces for natural colonisation, fostering ecological resilience and adaptive capacity.


  1. Construct new ecological networks by spacing actions for wildlife to match the distances of animal and plant dispersal, building rapid landscape change from repeated, small-scale interventions.


Building Social Capital

  1. Create a public realm that improves the quantity and diversity of human interactions and everyday meetings, building reciprocity, good faith and the likelihood of future positive events.


  1. Combine and connect public spaces to make coherent networks for healthy communal living, creating new traditions of civic engagement by understanding the range and meaning of everyday social activity.


  1. Increase social cohesion and resilience by making it easy for shared activity to happen in a public context, encouraging meaningful participation and adding value to neighbourhoods.


Building Cultural Capital

  1. Ensure that no asset, idea or person is wasted; invest in the skills, enterprise, and capacity for action already in place, building expectations for the future and sustaining the value of the past.


  1. Create and extend learning networks that connect people and projects; freely share information in a growing body of local knowledge that breaks down paywalls and protects common assets.


  1. Let the distinctive character of a place express itself; celebrate its ordinary, everyday solace, charm, wonder and richness and whatever is the imprint of human and natural personality upon it.