Using SiD we combine knowledge from different experts and stakeholders to deliver sustainable innovation.
We provide a full range of sustainability and innovation services for organizations, cities, and industry. We consult, research, design, and manage. Our team includes a wide range of disciplines to thoroughly synchronize with our client's ambitions and reality.
Because we seek optimal solutions for each situation, the results of our work are diverse, ranging from a sustainable sushi menu for a local restaurant to transformation trajectories for cities. What is always the same is our approach; we apply the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) framework, which is a working process and a range of tools to find the root cause of issues and powerful systemic levers for change.
SiD takes into account all aspects of a challenge, and enables a deeper understanding of the complex systems around us, involving stakeholders into the process. Using SiD, we find key strategies to realize effective change for less, and new ways to orchestrate the way we live, work, play, eat, produce, and prosper.
These services are a special selection of our finest ingredients, tailored for specific applications. They combine unparalleled speed, affordability and rigor for sustainability analysis, development, design and strategy.
Integrated Quickscan for Sustainability (IQs)
Boost your Sustainability IQ
The Integrated Quickscan for Sustainability (IQS) provides complete strategic insight into your company’s performance in a single scan.
This enables you to attract the best clients and employees, respond quickly to changes in the market, optimize the use of energy, materials, and water, develop a long term sustainability strategy, and achieve a variety of cost savings.
Future-proof buildings & estates
Revolution in renovation
One of the great challenges to achieve long term sustainability consists of converting our existing building stock to a sustainable state. Except combines smart new business models, sustainable renovation and bespoke design for pioneering redevelopment.
Innovation Communities for Sustainability (ICS)
Innovative business models for a dynamic world
Innovation communities (ICs) combine the best of the corporate world with the best of the entrepreneurial spirit. These flexible business models revive urban areas, react quickly to market changes and create new and engaging innovations in all disciplines.
These next generation collaborative workplaces succeed where open offices, flex work or business hubs often fail, and form a strong platform for innovators and entrepreneurs alike.
Knowledge Management & Software
Harness the opportunities of the network
With rapid software developments in the world, do you have a grasp on software and online technologies? Which applications are indispensable to you and why? How can tomorrow's software empower you, your business or even your society?
Understanding software starts with understanding people. Software needs to be intuitive, flexible, powerful and it needs to enable you. At Except we develop software that contributes to a better performance on system-level.
Island Renaissance (IR)
Enabling resilient and flourishing island communities
Island communities are vulnerable to rapid changes in economy, climate, fuel prices, material supply, and tourism trends. The Island Renaissance (IR) system detects and maps crucial dependencies, identifying opportunities to strengthen the local economy and to realize flourishing island societies.
The integrated approach of IR is based on a proven system that enables resilient, sustainable and beautiful island communities that are prepared for the future.
Sustainable city and neighborhood redevelopment
Urban Renaissance is a redevelopment system that can turn neighborhoods, cities, and regions into beautiful self-sufficient places where people want to live and work. It is a strategic approach that involves all stakeholders in the process from initiation through to living realization.
These services are the bricks that form the foundation of our integrated approach, and enable multi-disciplinary and focused innovation.
Analysis & Intelligence
How sustainable is your organization? What are the effects of a new policy, or the impact of a product? How can we improve them?
These are central questions we are faced with today. Sustainability is a complex and dynamic issue, for which we develop effective ways to bring clarity and accuracy to the process. While sustainability methods change rapidly, our fundamental approach creates a long lasting, clear and actionable result.
Our world is a dynamic, complex place, and there are many opportunities to be found by gaining insight into the relations of the 'system' that we're a part of.
System maps do just that: they bring clarity in complex processes such as corporate strategy, supply chain analysis and performance statistics. They allow you to grasp complicated industries, policies or urban developments at a glance.
System maps also deliver significant advantages for working in group decision making processes, stakeholder involvement and higher management decisionmaking.
Making the world more sustainable requires cooperation. If you do not want to “go it alone” you will need to involve other stakeholders in your processes. But how do you approach stakeholders? How do you get their attention and their interest? And, how do you get them to co-invest in your ideas and plans?
Except provides support, facilitation and analysis in all phases of stakeholder engagement.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Through targeted CSR consulting, Except helps companies think deeply about how they can best contribute to a healthy, functioning, and sustainable society.
Business Strategy Consulting
Except develops business strategy for visionary clients to get ahead faster, and to realize resilient and succesful business operations.
With our full-spectrum analysis method and experience in unraveling complex issues and making them insightful we put you at the wheel of a powerful strategic engine.
We do this by providing global intelligence from our trend analysis, combined with systemic tools that find gaps in existing strategies, discover unexpected savings, analyze stakeholders and with network analysis programs that give a strong, long term backbone to business operation.
Industry & Sector Roadmapping
Except functions as the hub and driver of collaborative innovation. By organizing experts, stakeholders, and partners in a tightly orchestrated process, sustainability becomes a driver for true system-wide innovation.
Regional & Urban Strategy
As our world is changing rapidly, we need to ensure our regions and communities can adapt quickly enough to ensure they can flourish. Except works on strategies and implementation on these cross-disciplinary issues, which include policy, climate adaptation, local economies, marketing, community building and environmental improvement.
What would your city look like if it used the best ideas available today? What would your organization look like? What effect would a policy change bring in the lives of everyone around you?
An inspiring vision brings energy, commitment and dedication. Except has over 10 years of experience in developing inspiring visions of a sustainable, equitable and viable future, and we love doing it!
Design & Development
Architecture & Interiors
Except has worked in the field of sustainable architecture since 1999. Our portfolio includes typologies as diverse as private homes, museums, and mixed-use commercial real estate, from strategy and concept to the design of interiors.
Urban Design & Planning
Except develops designs and concepts for sustainable cities. With our multi-disciplinary team, we blend economic, cultural, and environmental aspects into the sustainable urban areas of the future.
Business Case Development
New times call for new business models: Local communities unite to invest together and share services. Governments try to find ways to spend less but have more positive effects. Business is adapting their services to lower environmental footprints and resources use.
We are all looking for new ways to bring value to a world that is fundamentally different from what it was just a decade ago. How can you take advantages of this? How can you organise and optimise this value?
Ecosystems are one of the largest untapped resources to our disposal. By designing and embedding smart ecosystems we can harvest valuable functional uses, increase the performance of buildings and cities, and design more inpsiring environments.
Except develops custom ecosystems for use in urban landscapes, agriculture, buildings and industry.
Except develops metrics, infographics, visualisations, animations and other tools to help you communicate what is important about your story to the essential stakeholders you want to reach.
Communication strategy is about how to communicate what message to who, at the right time, in the right way. It is about structuring what you want to say so that it comes across in the way you intended it, and so that it has the right effect. The 'right way' may be through images, movies, a game or workshops, or by leaving things out.
Events & Creative Productions
Involving other people in your initiative is a crucial step towards a successful outcome. At Except, we know this. Even the most brilliant plans that are created at the drawing table will fail to materialise if you haven’t shared them with the right people at the right time. And: in the right way.
Visualization & Animation
Making an idea, ambition or project come to life with the right imagery is often a key to its success.
Except develops custom imagery, visualization and animation to supports its projects at all stages of development. This can range from sets of atmospheric hand sketches to full blown computer animated movies and presentations.
Talks & Masterclasses
The world is changing rapidly... what about you? You are scanning the horizon looking for smart ways to progress and flourish. But what is the right direction, which solutions really work and which are a dead end? With who do I need to work in order to innovate? How do I combine quick wins with necessary long term investments? How do I create a vision that not only inspires, but also moves people?
It’s not just you asking these questions, but also your clients, partners, and colleagues. Who’s got the answers?