New Village

New Village Resilience – Embracing Nature and Modernizing Homes in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Project Summary: The New Village Resilience project aims to preserve the natural beauty of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, while upgrading and modernizing homes to withstand sea level rise. By implementing environmentally-friendly design principles and adaptive strategies, this project seeks to create a resilient and sustainable community that harmoniously coexists with its surroundings.

Artist’s Statement: As a conceptual artist, my work is driven by the desire to address pressing environmental and social challenges through creative solutions. The New Village Resilience project embodies my commitment to balancing the need for modern infrastructure with the preservation of nature, fostering a strong sense of community and sustainability.

Concept Description: The project’s core concept is to integrate nature-based design solutions and advanced technologies to upgrade the homes in Mt. Pleasant, SC. This approach ensures that the built environment adapts to sea level rise while preserving the area’s natural beauty. Key strategies include:

  1. Utilizing green infrastructure such as permeable pavements, rain gardens, and bioswales to manage stormwater runoff and reduce flood risk.
  2. Incorporating nature-based design elements, such as green roofs and living walls, to promote biodiversity and enhance aesthetic appeal.
  3. Retrofitting homes with energy-efficient materials and technologies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Elevating homes or implementing flood-resistant design features to enhance resilience against sea level rise.
  5. Promoting community engagement and education to encourage sustainable living practices.

Visual Materials: Detailed sketches, diagrams, and digital renderings of proposed design interventions will be provided, showcasing the integration of nature-based solutions and modern technologies in the upgraded homes and surrounding landscape.

Technical Requirements: The project will require collaboration with architects, engineers, landscape designers, and urban planners to develop and implement the proposed design interventions. Additional resources, such as construction materials, equipment, and skilled labor, will also be necessary.

Budget: A comprehensive budget breakdown will be prepared, outlining the costs associated with design, planning, construction, and community outreach efforts. Potential funding sources, including grants and partnerships with local organizations, will be explored to support project implementation.

Timeline: The project timeline will be structured in phases, including community engagement, design development, permitting, construction, and post-implementation monitoring. Key milestones and deadlines will be outlined to ensure timely progress and completion.

Previous Work Samples: A portfolio of my previous work will be provided, demonstrating my experience in conceptualizing and implementing environmentally-responsive art projects and design interventions.

Artist’s CV or Bio: A brief biography or curriculum vitae will be included, highlighting my education, exhibitions, awards, and accomplishments in the fields of art, design, and environmental activism.

Author: John Rector

John Rector owns, operates, implements, consults, and teaches. He is the IBM executive that co-founded the world renowned E2open and Social Media Target. He is a co-owner of Rainbow Packaging Corporation. He owns Mind Media Group. He implements software for other businesses. He teaches a weekly workshop at his office in Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA. He consults with business professionals on an hourly or monthly basis. He currently resides in Charleston, SC.

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