Tucked away in 900Ha of unspoilt woodland on the outskirts of Madona, this eco-city aims to demonstrate an improved and more sustainable way of life in Latvia while preserving local traditions.
BuroHappold Engineering was appointed to undertake a socioeconomic assessment of the project, and produce an integrated development plan to ensure its future viability.
Our engineers were tasked with determining the industrial and agricultural sectors that were most appropriate for the site, while also ensuring the continued growth and success of the project. We then had to examine the feasibility of attracting these sectors to the eco-city, and the transport and utilities infrastructure required to support them in this beautiful but remote location.
During our work, it became clear that the dominance of the capital city of Riga over both regional and national economies would restrict the viability of most options for the site.
After undertaking a full options appraisal for the development, we were able to provide specific recommendations for the most suitable uses of the site. The outcome was that industry should be agriculture-based, with produce transported to Riga for processing. We also offered guidance on the additional economic operations that would be attractive to investors at a location closer to Riga, in both cases identifying the businesses that could offer employment opportunities and build much-needed skills in the region.
Our work on this unique project has created a coherent plan that will guide the development of a socially and environmentally sustainable microcosm in Latvia.
Thomas Kraubitz, Associate
As well as offering a greener way of life, and a place where people can learn about and enjoy harmony with nature, it is hoped that over time other sustainable businesses will be attracted to the area to create a truly thriving eco-city.
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