Virtually every region, city, town, and neighborhood, today or tomorrow, must successfully respond to formidable physical, economic and social challenges. Our evolving mastery and committment to excellence in design and development will help your company or jurisdiction achieve resilience, to reach environmental, economic and social health.
Stephen J. Coyle, AIA LEED CNU
Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas : Durability, Usefulness, Beauty.
American Planning Assocation 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award: Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital City, Libreville, Gabon, Africa
Steve Coyle was Prince's Foundation for Building Community's Project Manager in Gabon, part of PF's Team with Ben Bolgar, Kim Hitch, and Tom Perry in London.
President Ali Bongo Ondimba commissioned the Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode to protect the local environment while thoughtfully accommodating growth. The Masterplan establishes a new set of green, walkable communities of varying scales that also showcase the Gabonese nature, culture and commerce. The SmartCode is the first of its kind for Gabon. The Sustainability Guide and Tropical Building Design Guidelines address topics such as building and block energy design, as well as ensuring buildings are responsive to local climate. The vision for the Masterplan was developed through an Enquiry By Design process that brought together an international team, the expertise of the L’Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux (ANGT), and diverse array of local stakeholders including chiefs of local tribes, community members, and government officials.