Professional Community Design

Professional Community Design

By the 1980s, many Local Govts around the world had come to understand the benefits of structured community living and the values that underlie it, and with community input, adjusted their by-laws to accommodate community living, such as the “multiple-occupancy” title in NSW, and modified strata titles in some other states.

At around the same time the English-speaking economies re-embraced marketplace capitalism, and accorded far less urgency to ecological and atmospheric issues, even though by the late 1970s, there was already widespread concern about the ecological deterioration, increasing ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect, indicating global warming and extreme weather conditions ahead.

These factors:

  • community-accommodating bylaws,
  • increased awareness of ecological deterioration,
  • economic redirection away from ecological solutions,
  • more people, including more affluent people, wanting to live a sustainable and ecologically enhancing life , closer to nature,

prompted many future-orientated, professional people towards serious sustainable community design, which built on recent discoveries and understandings, took into account new, emerging issues, and designed for sustainability to provide for future needs.

This unleashed a new wave of sustainable community creation, which has continued and expanded ever since. Building upon the proven success of earlier communities, many of this new wave of community spirited people were more affluent than the early pioneers, and their communities more professionally designed to include proven and established wholistic practises, cutting-edge discoveries and technologies, and a strong orientation on sustainability, including pollution-free and ecologically enhancing ways of living.

Global Sustainable Community Trend

Today, around the world, sustainable communities of many varieties and size are being created as decent, wholesome places to live in and bring up families. As social and ecological conditions deteriorate, this trend has continued to grow and accelerate. Increasing numbers of people are choosing to re-organise their lives and relocate themselves where they could live more sustainably, in their own created environment.

In thousands of sustainable communities, there exists a common understanding and widespread practice of better ways of living. As understanding of sustainable solutions and communities penetrates mainstream thinking, more interest is being shown by more established and financially secure people, creating a trend towards more upmarket, more completely designed, with more high tech, and many of them internally and intra-community networked.

As new sustainable communities are created, they are able to incorporate all of the learnings trialled and practised by established communities in a spirit of co-operative sharing. Sustainable communities continue to be created at an increasing rate, as understanding of sustainable living spreads throughout the larger, mainstream community.

Sustainable communities have been created at all levels of financial strata, from shoestring subsistence right up to lavish support. The essential issue is not the level of materiality, but rather the methods, processes, motivations and the quality of relationships that determine the nature and quality of outcomes. For many, a food forest in the back yard more than makes up for modest living conditions.

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