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Creating change

I was reading about a proposed development earlier today (it doesn’t really matter which one for this story) and I immediately thought to myself, “wow, this is a beautiful development. I like what they’ve done here.” The project happens to be by one of my favorite architects in the city. Sadly though, we have yet to work with them on any of our projects.

I then decided to read the comment section of the article. There were dozens and dozens of comments and virtually all of them were negative and against the development. What is, of course, clear is that we all have different beliefs. We all see things differently. And that’s part of the reason why creating any sort of change is usually so difficult.

But if you think about it, so much of our world resolves around change. If we want to address climate change, we are going to need to make changes. If we want to improve housing affordability, we are going to need to make changes. If we want to build more inclusive and economically prosperous cities, we are going to need to make changes.

The challenge with all of this change is that we have inertia working against us. Case in point: I’m sure that most of us have been in a meeting at one point or another when a decision was made purely based on what was done the last time around. We did X. So let’s do X again. Why change? Probably a safe bet.

Seth Godin once said that, “if you do anything that matters, it means you’re trying to change something.” He was talking about the world of marketing. But I believe that there’s a universal truth to this. Change unlocks potential.

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  1. I could not agree more to this. I think the same people yelling NIMBY are also the same people yelling about the lack of affordable housing.

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  2. Few developments would represent change more than the RiverArch. Perhaps that’s why the media featured it: http://bit.ly/BroadsheetRA1 but the local politicians are either against it or neutral (“show me the investors & developers behind it and THEN I’ll support it!” Well, those people say the same about political support coming first!).
    Speaking of energy savings, EBI Consulting produced a report and gave the building a 62% energy self-sufficiency score – partly on its extremely high volume to surface ratio and partly for the 6 off-grid energy sources – and a 100 SEDI score, something they’ve never given before. It would be the most energy efficient large building. Not bad for a home to >19,000 people!
    More info on the Angel Investment Network: https://bit.ly/RiverArch-AIN

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