Urbanization and Alternative Development | A Codependency

Urbanization and Alternative Development | A Codependency

Blog Date: 05/17/16

Title: Urbanization and Alternative Development | A Codependency          

Company: Radify Development                      URL: www.radifydevelopment.com


When something moves toward an extreme, a counterweight is necessary. This is alternative development.



For those of us who have decided to turn our interests to the alternative development space, it can be easy to become complacent or even disinterested in the conversations surrounding the evolution of the built environment and our (humanities) role in it.

This isn’t exclusive to just alternative developers or even our peers. We’re all just busy people trying to pull off extremely challenging projects. It’s hard to be concerned about urbanization when your project is essentially something that seems to be the antithesis of it. And let’s not forget the day-to-day things like hurricanes, snow storms, and power system failures that plague our work….

Let’s just say I get it. I understand that the easier choice is to not be concerned with greater environmental issues.

However, I’m here today to stand strong in my belief that urbanization absolutely belongs in the conversation surrounding alternative development.

The polarity between alternative development and urbanization is extreme; I would even call it polar opposition. Out of necessity, it’s my opinion that we must move closer to the other side to maintain balance.

Growth is happening right now and continues to happen, which is rough on the environment.  Growth traditionally means bigger and more roads, more traffic, more houses, more sprawling development, essentially more impact.

Note:  For an interesting read on just this topic go check out this article from The Stranger on Seattle’s growth and urbanization that highlights the pertinence and recent evolution of the topic.

However, the look and trend of growth is changing rapidly. It’s changing through urbanization, which essentially equates to less required infrastructure per person (i.e. less impact).  People are moving in and up, generally living closer to one another, and to the things that are most essential to their lives (food, work, friends, etc.)  This is a good thing for the environment and the sustainability and protection of it.

The trend toward urbanization is also what is driving the growth and relevancy of alternative development in our mainstream conversations.

History shows us that balance is a requirement for the sustainment of our existence.

When something moves toward an extreme, a counterweight is necessary. This is alternative development.

As we detach more and more from our natural environment in our day-to-day lives the greater the need to connect with it and protect it gets.

As someone who chooses to live in the urban environment but is involved in projects that are very much not in the urban environment, the connection between the two is essential.

We have to keep it top of mind to form a foundation for our success and to keep this topic front and center to the evolution of the alternative development space.

Urbanization is a topic that we’ll be discussing regularly around here as its impacts are foundational to the alternative development’s evolution as a space.

Let me know what you think about this topic.  Share your opinion and follow along @RadifyDev on Twitter and Instagram as well as on FB.

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