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Our Friend the Economy

by Nic Darling on November 13, 2008 · 7 comments

in Development,Philosophy,sales

Okay, nobody likes the economy right now. The economy is like the kid in the 2nd grade who ate a lot of paste and bit people. It is like Rudolph, excluded from the reindeer games because of an excess of red. I hear people curse it everyday and, honestly, I can understand the feeling. Things look bad . . . really bad. But is there a bright side to this thing? Is there a silver lining in the huge, black, tornado-producing cloud? I think so. I think that while this economic train wreck has us shopping at the dollar store and canceling our HBO subscriptions, it will also be driving positive change.

Nothing props up tradition like prosperity. When things are going well there is little reason to change, little cause to adjust. Even if there are better methodologies, more effective processes or more progressive ideas, people will generally cling to what they know. Significant change usually has its impetus in some sort of crisis or, in the case of our current socio-political situation, many crises. Change (as overused as the term might be right now) is a reaction, of sorts, to a problem big enough to jolt us out of our rut.

Now, if I might be allowed to hit you over the head with a metaphor: “Stuck in a rut” is a term that comes originally from old wagons or carriages. The wagons, passing down the same path over and over on thin hard wheels, would dig deep ruts until, at some point, they were committed to their path nearly as completely as trains to their tracks. It took a large jolt or a concerted effort to remove the wagons from their determined course. Even when there was plenty of cause to change course it could be difficult.

Ruts are formed by repetition. This repetition occurs because the repeated action “works”. The path those embedded wagons took was a successful one, a good way from Point A to Point B. Sure, a better way might exist, but why take the risks involved in finding it if your ends can be accomplished via the proven route? The building industry is “stuck in a rut” for this same reason. Builders have developed techniques, sourced materials and used plans that “work”. They generally take on projects in the path of their rut and avoid those outside of it because they are averse to the risk involved. Can you blame them?

Our project, for many reasons, is definitely not a path many builders take with any sort of regularity. We are a rut free zone in many ways. The margins are small. The materials are strange, and the techniques are virtually untried (in their opinion). In a boom time, when business is up, they would not even glance casually at the plans for a project like ours before telling us to roll those plans up and insert them in an uncomfortable anatomical location. Even Brian, our current builder, who is now as on board as they come, admitted that he would have passed had our project arrived a year earlier when the living was easy.

We have been helped by this economic downturn that many are lamenting. Sure, it has made other things more difficult. The banks are in full on turtle mode, terrified of sticking their necks out for anything. Home buyers, even those that know this is a good time to buy, are having trouble getting mortgages, but the economic dip (or whatever you want to call it) has brought willing participants to the project. They have had to lift their wagons out of some deep ruts, but our framers are learning to put SIPs together, our HVAC guys are figuring out solar thermal and our builder is following (and growing to appreciate) an involved LEED certification process. Would any of that have happened last year? And, if so, would it have happened within the tight budget constraints we set for ourselves?

We are in the midst of change because we are in the midst of crises. The economy is hurting, our reliance of fossil fuels is politically problematic and environmentally irresponsible and war has its dangerous, unpredictable grip on our country. While these are certainly unfortunate events and issues, they are the types of problems from which change arises. I have given you my individual, selfish reason for appreciating (in a way) this climate of crisis, but what could your reason(s) be? What kind of change can we expect in the coming years? How will these and other crises open up new directions and possibilities for you, for our country and for the world?

Let’s talk crisis driven change in the comments.

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1 brian November 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm

amen. Recessions tend to be mothers of invention.

2 Ryan November 14, 2008 at 10:29 am

I think we are already witnessing the change that will occur from this global crisis – a re-appreciation of the local/regional, ensuring all is good in your own back yard before worrying about anyone else. In your case, you are taking advantage of the unique situation present in Philly and creating a grass roots approach to build a new culture from a specific urban probelm. Before we were re-producing the same urban landscapes across North America. The old way of doing things is out, developers and builders will have to adapt as can be seen by LEED-ND (Neighbourhood Development) nearing the end of its pilot program. Although it may still be a unique thing to achieve now, it will become common practice and the champion of this change will be a new appreciation of our local urban enviornment and the benefits it holds for us. I only see positive coming from this in the end and although times are tough, it’s an exciting time be in the building industry. Time to raise the bar.

Crises precipitate change.

3 Nic Darling November 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I think the shift back to local is one of the more interesting potential changes we are seeing. Everything from building design to food production could benefit from a move away from the one-size-fits-all model we have largely adopted. We need to let climate conditions and other regional concerns dictate more of our practices rather than continue to impose our will on the landscape and the environment. Unfortunately, it seems we need to be smacked in the face before we will look at alternatives. Hello face smack . . . we have been waiting for you.

4 Colin November 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Nic I think you are spot on with the potential for change at the local level. The economic philosophy that given a bushel of apples you should try and make a pie with only the largest one should have been debunked long ago. I commend PostGreen for not only inspiring positive, affordable change at a local level, but also for specifically attacking the particular market credited with the crash. I fear what the bailout might do to stymie change. It is like the 2004 election in which, although unpopular, the message sent is that the people who screwed it all up are the only ones who can fix it. It also opens the door for government to swell and as you have pointed out we need local and regional concerns to win the day. Hopefully your project combined with other innovative ideas will set the stage for the very change we need.

5 mj November 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Very poignant! I can imagine a lot of back-burner ideas thriving in the coming months/years.

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