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Urban data systems and management

We develop systems and methods for analysing and managing developing cities, incorporating concepts such as the sustainable and inclusive city, while adapting to meet the realities of these cities. These tools use innovative, efficient and replicable methods to produce reliable data that feeds analysis and can be shared with all stakeholders involved.


Model approaches for informal settlements

Since 2008, nearly half of the world population now lives in urban areas, and by 2050 this proportion is predicted to reach two thirds. And yet a third of the world’s urban population already lives in “informal settlements”. Our projects have an experimental value since they enhance knowledge on an issue which is still very much under exploration and for which appropriate models must be sought. We work on developing pilot approaches which are designed to be replicated in other settlements once proven effective.

In Monrovia (Liberia), Groupe Huit (in association with Suez Consulting and ECS) has identified an investment programme in three precarious neighbourhoods. The selected programme is based on an operational and pragmatic strategy, and on the identification of the potential (land in particular) that exists in these districts. For each of the three neighbourhoods, Green Links and Community corners (grouping of services in the centre of the neighbourhoods) have been identified and analysed. This programming was carried out in close consultation with the inhabitants and the national and local authorities.


Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

Groupe Huit strives to put the environment at the centre of urban planning and projects, so that nature is no longer seen as an obstacle to be overcome but rather as a solution to urban problems. Our focus is on designing and implementing nature-based solutions, which can bring major benefit in the management of rainwater and wastewater, or in fighting urban heat islands.

Built-in nature-based solutions will be decisive in the sustainable management of amenities and infrastructure in the long run.


Our “Avoid-Reduce-Compensate” approach

Our “Avoid-Reduce-Compensate” approach on carbon emission reduction is a Groupe Huit initiative to address climate change by ensuring that the benefits of our projects, which contribute to the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not offset by our own greenhouse gas emissions.
Runner-up in our in-house Innovation Challenge, we have developed a tool to measure and reduce carbon emission in our projects.