PRESENTED BY JOHN L KNOTT JR
A BETTER WAYRestoring the Economic, Environmental and Social Health of our Cities
2013
sustainability is a journey not a destination
Current State
of Our Cities
Traditional
Development
Models
A New Blueprint
i...
misdirected
PLANNING
efforts
CURRENT
STATE OUR
CITIES
OF OUR CITIES
socially
BROKE
deteriorating & outdated
INFRASTRUCTURE...
Demographics Changes and Resource Constraints
are Changing the Rules of the Game
Silo-Based Decision-Making
Abandonment of...
A NEW
BLUEPRINT
WANTED:
A Restorative development model
that
•encompasses long-term, holistic
thinking;
•respects our soci...
CITYCRAFT IS THE NEW BLUEPRINT
100+
Years in
the
making
CityCrafting...
Baltimore
Dewees Island, SC (1.0)
Noisette, N Charleston, SC (2.0)
NOISETTE CONDITIONS
IN 2001
✘ Flat or Declining Property Value
✘ High Crime Rates
✘ Aging Population
✘ Unhealthy Buildings...
Cultural
Change1
2 Physical
Re-planning
Implementation
Long-Term Thinking
Triple-Bottom Line Sanborn Principles
Previous C...
After the Turnaround
✘ Flat or Declining Property Value
✘ High Crime Rates
✘ Aging Population
✘ Unhealthy Buildings
✘ Scho...
THE
VISION
CityCrafting... •Restore the Long-Term Economic, Social, &
Environmental Health of our Cities
•Centers controll...
THE
VISION
CityCrafting... •University research center to document the
evolution & network with peers across
continent to ...
THINKING AND PROCESSES
SYSTEMS &
INTEGRATION
We cannot arrive at truly sustainable
solutions unless we address problems
at...
COMMUNITIES
SOCIALLY
DURABLE EACH MEMBER
understands the unique heritage
and history of their physical and
social communit...
REQUIRED FOR PROGRESS
RESEARCH &
VERIFICATION
Set Baseline
Measure
Learn
Report
Transfer Knowledge
Locally
Nationally
to t...
CAPITAL
MAPPING
Undervalued
Assets
➡ Human
What % of a
city or regions
total capital is
?
➡ Natural
➡ Physical
➡ Financial
CAPITAL
MAPPING
Undervalued
Assets FINANCIAL
NATURAL
HUMAN
PHYSICAL
MOST IGNORED CAPITAL
HUMAN
CAPITAL
Traditional Master Developer Model
CityCraft Regeneration Model
-make the disenfranchis...
SPOTLIGHT ON
WATER
NATURAL
CAPITAL
WASTEWATER
SYSTEM
POTABLE
WATER SYSTEM
STORMWATER
SYSTEM
INTEGRATION
COLLABORATION
REGE...
INFRASTRUCTURE
and
EXISTING BUILDINGS
PHYSICAL
CAPITAL
NATURAL STRUCTURES & ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURES
Energy
PHYSICAL &
NATURAL
CAPITAL
POWER SYSTEMS & SOURCES OF POWER
‣Appropriate to respective bioregion
‣Invest in region,...
Case
Study
•Urban utility out
of capacity
•High youth crime
rate
•Low education
attainment rates
•Volatile construction
in...
CURRENT
STATEUTILITY
INFRASTRUCTURE
Large scale utility &
distribution networks
Fundamentally consuming mass
amounts of en...
WHAT
NEXT?
BUILDINGS
Need to:
design,
retrofit,
restore,
upgrade,
buildings;
- to a much reduced resource standard
- recap...
WHAT
NEXT?
UTILITY
INFRASTRUCTURE
Systems need to be redesigned under
district energy level strategies
•Smaller scale gene...
WHAT
NEXT?
RESOURCE
HARVESTING
Shift focus to concentrate on harvesting
natural resources
•Less resources needed because s...
CAPITAL
WORKING
TOGETHER
CREATING A REGENERATIVE
ECONOMY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
SC STRONG
Americorps VISTA HUB Academy Lowcountry Local First
SC Reentry Initiative
Metanoia
Energy Conservation Corps
Low...
TAKING
PLANS TO
ACTION
Problem:
Lack of Energy Conservation and Energy
Efficiency Culture
Create a non-profit focused on
e...
TAKING
PLANS TO
ACTION
Problem:
High Rate of Recidivism
Foster a set of progressive programs
dealing specifically with re-...
OF THE PLAN
EVOLUTION
?
?
?
assure the long term health of the
economic, social and environmental
systems of our cities
te...
“Do not go where the path may
lead; go instead where there is no
path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Wando Emerson
PRESENTED BY JOHN L KNOTT JR
A BETTER WAYRestoring the Economic, Environmental and Social Health of our Cities
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Restoring the Long-Term Economic, Social, & Environmental Health of Our Cities – Keynote by John L. Knott, Jr.

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY JOHN L KNOTT JR A BETTER WAYRestoring the Economic, Environmental and Social Health of our Cities 2013
  2. 2. sustainability is a journey not a destination Current State of Our Cities Traditional Development Models A New Blueprint is Needed CityCraft is the New Blueprint History of CityCraft The Process
  3. 3. misdirected PLANNING efforts CURRENT STATE OUR CITIES OF OUR CITIES socially BROKE deteriorating & outdated INFRASTRUCTURE DISCONNECTED Ecologically DISTRESSED
  4. 4. Demographics Changes and Resource Constraints are Changing the Rules of the Game Silo-Based Decision-Making Abandonment of Long-Term Thinking TRADITIONAL DEVELOPMENT MODELS ARE FLAWED Shortsighted gains over long-term value Results in disconnection & loss of efficiency Generation Y, energy, carbon & water will drive the way we plan & build
  5. 5. A NEW BLUEPRINT WANTED: A Restorative development model that •encompasses long-term, holistic thinking; •respects our social and ecological systems •embraces our changing 21st century culture, economy and conditions. IS NEEDED
  6. 6. CITYCRAFT IS THE NEW BLUEPRINT
  7. 7. 100+ Years in the making CityCrafting... Baltimore Dewees Island, SC (1.0) Noisette, N Charleston, SC (2.0)
  8. 8. NOISETTE CONDITIONS IN 2001 ✘ Flat or Declining Property Value ✘ High Crime Rates ✘ Aging Population ✘ Unhealthy Buildings ✘ Schools Failing and District Disinvestment ✘ Distressed Ecological Systems ✘ Condemned Neighborhoods ✘ Industrial Brownfields ✘ Abandoned Naval Facility ✘ No Plan ✘ Lack of Jobs and Economic Opportunity ✘ Negative Stigma ✘ No Public Access to Waterfront
  9. 9. Cultural Change1 2 Physical Re-planning Implementation Long-Term Thinking Triple-Bottom Line Sanborn Principles Previous Community Development Experience Values of Place The New American City
  10. 10. After the Turnaround ✘ Flat or Declining Property Value ✘ High Crime Rates ✘ Aging Population ✘ Unhealthy Buildings ✘ Schools Failing and District Disinvestment ✘ Distressed Ecological Systems ✘ Condemned Neighborhoods ✘ Industrial Brownfields ✘ Abandoned Naval Facility ✘ No Plan ✘ Lack of Jobs and Economic Opportunity ✘ Negative Stigma ✘ No Public Access to Waterfront ✔ Increasing Property Values ✔ Decreasing Crime Rates ✔ X & Y Generation Moving In ✔ Highest Concentration of Green Bldgs in SC ✔ $200 Million in new school reinvestment ✔ Restoration of Noisette Creek Underway ✔ Neighborhoods Being Rebuilt ✔ Brownfield Cleanup in Progress ✔ Navy Yard under redevelopment ✔ Plan Recognized as National Model ✔ 8,000 new jobs on the former naval base ✔ Area considered cool, hip place to be ✔ 15-Acre Riverfront Park Complete
  11. 11. THE VISION CityCrafting... •Restore the Long-Term Economic, Social, & Environmental Health of our Cities •Centers controlled locally, wealth & value creation is retained locally •Build local capacity within the respective bioregion
  12. 12. THE VISION CityCrafting... •University research center to document the evolution & network with peers across continent to learn & share research •Utilize integrated job training centers to prepare workforce for 21st Century Economy •15-20 CityCraft centers in N. America in next 10-15 years representing variety of bioregions & economies cont.
  13. 13. THINKING AND PROCESSES SYSTEMS & INTEGRATION We cannot arrive at truly sustainable solutions unless we address problems at the systems level.
  14. 14. COMMUNITIES SOCIALLY DURABLE EACH MEMBER understands the unique heritage and history of their physical and social community holds in common a vision for the future to which they contribute 1 2
  15. 15. REQUIRED FOR PROGRESS RESEARCH & VERIFICATION Set Baseline Measure Learn Report Transfer Knowledge Locally Nationally to the next generation
  16. 16. CAPITAL MAPPING Undervalued Assets ➡ Human What % of a city or regions total capital is ? ➡ Natural ➡ Physical ➡ Financial
  17. 17. CAPITAL MAPPING Undervalued Assets FINANCIAL NATURAL HUMAN PHYSICAL
  18. 18. MOST IGNORED CAPITAL HUMAN CAPITAL Traditional Master Developer Model CityCraft Regeneration Model -make the disenfranchised a part of the solution -address root causes of why people are disenfranchised Fails To... Displace Grow
  19. 19. SPOTLIGHT ON WATER NATURAL CAPITAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM POTABLE WATER SYSTEM STORMWATER SYSTEM INTEGRATION COLLABORATION REGENERATION OPERATES AS A BIO-WATER SYSTEM = ESSENCE OF SUSTAINABILITY + +
  20. 20. INFRASTRUCTURE and EXISTING BUILDINGS PHYSICAL CAPITAL NATURAL STRUCTURES & ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURES
  21. 21. Energy PHYSICAL & NATURAL CAPITAL POWER SYSTEMS & SOURCES OF POWER ‣Appropriate to respective bioregion ‣Invest in region, don’t export ‣Create continuous loop of capital in region ‣Connect across NGO, public, private sectors to maximize & integrate efficiencies ‣Need to shift towards well-integrated, distributed systems based on sustainably partnered resources. ‣Recycle and re-use byproducts
  22. 22. Case Study •Urban utility out of capacity •High youth crime rate •Low education attainment rates •Volatile construction industry •Value Human & Natural Capital
  23. 23. CURRENT STATEUTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE Large scale utility & distribution networks Fundamentally consuming mass amounts of energy that we don’t need to use
  24. 24. WHAT NEXT? BUILDINGS Need to: design, retrofit, restore, upgrade, buildings; - to a much reduced resource standard - recapture 40-50% of resources lost from the building itself
  25. 25. WHAT NEXT? UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE Systems need to be redesigned under district energy level strategies •Smaller scale generation & distribution systems specifically designed for climate •Get rid of waste on grid/ infrastructure side
  26. 26. WHAT NEXT? RESOURCE HARVESTING Shift focus to concentrate on harvesting natural resources •Less resources needed because system is more efficient •Generate a new economy around utilities with all 4 integrated capital sources
  27. 27. CAPITAL WORKING TOGETHER CREATING A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
  28. 28. SC STRONG Americorps VISTA HUB Academy Lowcountry Local First SC Reentry Initiative Metanoia Energy Conservation Corps Lowcountry Orphan Relief Environment Human Health Economic Development Social Justice Education Arts & Culture Community Grants Endowments National Advisory Board Sustainability Institute The Noisette Foundation
  29. 29. TAKING PLANS TO ACTION Problem: Lack of Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Culture Create a non-profit focused on empowering communities and residents to transform homes and workplaces to conserve energy and reduce environmental impact EXAMPLE #1 Solution: Human Capital Physical Capital Financial Capital+ +
  30. 30. TAKING PLANS TO ACTION Problem: High Rate of Recidivism Foster a set of progressive programs dealing specifically with re-entry EXAMPLE #2 Solution: Human Capital Physical Capital Financial Capital+ +
  31. 31. OF THE PLAN EVOLUTION ? ? ? assure the long term health of the economic, social and environmental systems of our cities teach the values and principles that build the capacity to grow a sustainable culture see that a plan and value system is lived over time and becomes deeper and richer than the plan itself conceived Who is responsible to...
  32. 32. “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Wando Emerson
  33. 33. PRESENTED BY JOHN L KNOTT JR A BETTER WAYRestoring the Economic, Environmental and Social Health of our Cities

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