Finding a way to live on this earth, in balance with nature and everyone else here, is the defining challenge of our time, and the way in which we develop land and create new places is central to our collective response.
True innovation is extremely difficult within the traditional process of development. Despite what are often good intentions, the competing interests of various stakeholders, the way finance is structured and land is valued has created a model which is very resistant to the scale of systemic change most would recognise is needed.
Neighbourhood was founded on the desire to experiment with a different way of doing things – to see if, by approaching each project with curiosity and free of the pressure to impose a predetermined model, we could change the way development happens. Could we find a new way of doing it that wasn’t just less bad, but might actually be good? Could development be a collaborative process, with true sustainability and wellbeing at its centre? Could it even begin to heal the land for future generations? These are the questions that sit at the heart of Neighbourhood’s work.