Florida 2060 – Visioning for a Sustainable Future

AIA Florida Takes a Leadership Role
Authored by: Ron Johnson, AIA and Tom Cooper, AIA

Florida along with the rest of the nation has reached a critical juncture of population growth, energy shortages, financial problems and deteriorating environmental conditions. In light of these concerns we believe the architects of Florida must offer their knowledge, experience and talents to help provide a better life and physical environment for its citizens.

The members of AIA Florida as architects are the best qualified people to develop coordinated conceptual plans for achieving a sustainable future for Florida. Architects have the ability to see the total picture of any design problem. Architects understand that the most successful designs are optimized solutions considering multiple inter-related factors. Therefore, AIA Florida can and should take a leadership role in guiding Florida to a Sustainable Future.

It is proposed that AIA Florida establish a long term working relationship with the Governor’s Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida to assist in developing short term conceptual planning and long term detail state-wide planning with the goal of achieving a quality sustainable future for Florida.

In February 2008 The Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida released a report entitled, “A Coordinated, Statewide Regional Visioning Initiative for Florida”.

To review this report go to: https://www.communicationsmgr.com/projects/1349/docs/Visioning3.pdf

“This report describes how a regional visioning initiative offers an excellent tool for more squarely placing the state of Florida on the path towards long-term environmental and economic sustainability. At its core, regional visioning is a process for articulating a desirable, but plausible future and then identifying and implementing actions for working towards this desired future state.”

“While Florida established a comprehensive planning process that was intended to serve as the vision for the state’s communities, in reality comprehensive plans have over time evolved into administrative technical documents. Comprehensive planning in Florida was also intended to break down barriers between communities, but in reality many existing plans only serve to reinforce parochial attitudes and practices. Lastly, a State Comprehensive Plan passed in the mid-1980s was intended to serve as the state’s visionary document, one that could guide planning efforts at the regional and local levels, but it largely failed in this role and has provided almost no guidance to development in the state".

In November 2008, the AIA Florida made a presentation, entitled “Florida 2060” to the Florida Century Commission. The “Florida 2060” Presentation outlined five major planning principles to achieve a sustainable future for Florida.

  • Land and water preservation
  • Quality economic development
  • Quality community development
  • Energy efficiency and
  • Sustainability

To review “Florida 2060” go to: www.aiafla.org/Links_Environmental-Resource-Center.cfm

The Century Commission received the “Florida 2060” Presentation very favorably and discussed the idea of taking the Florida 2060 Presentation to the next level, by applying the five planning principles to the each of the twelve regional planning areas within the state.

To respond, it is suggested that the members of all AIA Florida components contribute their capabilities, knowledge and expertise in a coordinated and unified effort to create a state-wide mosaic of conceptual regional plans (relating to the specific geographic areas of each component’s responsibility). The timing is such that this activity can be tied in closely with the 2009 AIA Florida Convention and the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami.

Proposed Phases:

Phase 1: Conceptual Planning Round Table
A conceptual planning round table will be held at the next AIA Florida Convention in Tampa this July. Preliminary thinking, including design objectives and parameters developed at the component level prior to the Convention will be presented. Each component’s conceptual ideas will be discussed with round table participants.

Phase 2: Regional Component Meetings Hosted by Components
Local components will host meetings, Charretts or intense design workshops with local interested organizations and stakeholders.
(Progress Report at October AIA Florida Board of Directors Meeting – Sarasota)

Phase 3: Final individual component designs and recommendations will be prepared by the local components.

Phase 4: Final individual component design and recommendations will be presented at January 2009 AIA Florida Board of Directors Meeting.

Phase 5: State-Wide Mosaic Presentation Prepared a third party or a task force of AIA volunteers' .

Phase 6: State-Wide Mosaic Formal Presentation at 2010 AIA National Convention.

If all of the State AIA components work together in this endeavor we can greatly influence the quality of life in the state of Florida and inform the citizens of the state of the value of architects to society.


Reference Materials:

Five Major Planning Principles for Sustainable Future

Florida 2060 Presentation

  • High Percentage of Land and Water Preservation / Conservation
  • Quality Economic Development
  • “Creative Class” Businesses (Bio-tech, Research, etc)
  • “Best of Class” University Level Education
  • “World Class” Eco–Tourism
  • Alternative Renewable Energy Industry (Carbon Free)
  • State-Wide High Speed Rail
  • Quality Community Development
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) (Light Rail)
  • Live, Work, Play & Stay Life-Style
  • Compact Village / Town Concept – Walkable Communities
  • Energy Efficiency Goals
  • Sustainability Goals (Energy, Environment, Fiscal)

To see more details on these principles go to: www.aiatreasurecoast.com/downloads.html and click on “Atlantica (Treasure Coast) 2060 Presentation”. When the window opens click on “open” not save.

The Atlantic Magazine – March 2008
“How the Crash Will Reshape America”

Go to: www.theatlantic.com/doc/200903/meltdown-geography


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“The Rise of the Creative Class”
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“Hot, Flat, and Crowded”
Thomas Friedman