Regenerative Places that empower Regenerative Lifestyles
Degenerative vs. Regenerative Lifestyles
The industrial system we live in is based on a linear and extractive economic model: take, make, dispose. Our standard of living in the developed world depends to great extent on exploiting resources and people in other countries.
We are unintentional – and usually, unwilling – contributors to the harm that is being done: new housing subdivisions pave over almost 200 acres of American farmland per hour – but we need places to live; our cars contribute to climate change – but we can’t efficiently function without them; much of our food production contributes to water pollution and bee colony collapse – but we have to eat; and so on. And meanwhile, we spend ever more time in traffic; our property taxes are increasing; natural areas are disappearing. We’re paying more for a lower quality of life.
So much of this is due to design. People lived for all of human history – until just the last blink of an eye – in social communities where they could walk to everything they needed. The majority of items they required were made nearby, and they traded with other groups for small quantities of luxuries. The length of survival of our species demonstrates that the system worked pretty well.
We made ourselves dependent on fossil fuels only recently. We are conditioned to view our cars as vehicles of great freedom – but who feels happy and free when sitting on the “freeway” in stop-and-go traffic?
Regenerative lifestyles take us out of this entire degenerative loop. At Citadels, we envision places that allow us to enjoy life more and be part of the big-picture solution. The design enables regenerative lifestyles by making it fun and easy to walk, putting us closer to friends and community, enhancing nature and letting us live near it, and producing the tastiest, most nutritious food anywhere – right on-site.