Able City is the evolving result of one firm’s re-imagined reason-for-being within the profession of architecture. It is re-built on the foundation of the principle of “shared value,” that is: creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges.
The most pressing need for cities is to be more responsive to the aspirations of their citizens. Because cities are built by policy long before a social program is instituted or a project is commissioned and built, the challenge cities face is the institutionalizing of collaborative civic engagement. As such, the company’s highest purpose is to advance the potential of cities to be able to deliver a better quality of life and place, inclusively with its citizens, through design and strategic services for an engaged city.
By 2030, all Able City’s new buildings and major renovations will design for carbon-neutrality, in accordance with Zero Code and Architecture 2030.
Able City will dedicate 200 hours annually toward legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. Employees will be encouraged to leverage their professional experience in urban planning and architecture to offer informed and sustained advocacy on issues pertaining to the built environment. Hours will be measured via employee performance evaluations, where the company hopes to center city-making as a key indicator of professional development and advancement.
Able City will dedicate 30 hours per month, or the financial equivalent, into the development of robust advocacy engagement tools with its non-profit affiliate, CityMakery.
Included in this partnership, Able City and CityMakery will commit to working with local food sustainability advocates and with local governments to, by the end of 2022, propose a firm policy, funding mechanisms, and governance for a sustainable Food Forest on public land. The program will be followed at the local government level, and a key performance indicator will be how advocates will keep engaged longterm. During the development we will answer the question: Is this a city service or potential cooperative? The purpose of the commitment is economic development within the local food system.
By 2025, Able City will train 100% of architectural and planning associates to perform life cycle analysis on all projects; employees will be expected to educate and persuade clients to adhere to a high standard of climate measures. A packet will be developed in 2021 to help employees make effective structural and economic arguments to other industry professionals and clients, focusing on schools and commercial developers.
Change company policy to reflect 20% work-from-home, effective as of 2021.
Offer a subsidy of $300, effective in 2022, to encourage alternative modes of transportation.
Launch a three-week paid fellowship in 2022 to offer college freshmen and sophomores from underrepresented backgrounds an introduction to architecture and urban planning. BIPOC and low-income candidates will be encouraged to apply.
Institute a fund to cover dues for one company values-aligned leadership position in a community or industry organization. Recipients are expected to include important information on the community calendar and make relevant announcements at staff meetings.
By 2023, Able City will only specify products sourced within 500 miles when available.
Able City will commit to planting 125 native trees over five years, targeting to sequester a minimum of 125 tonnes of carbon dioxide over forty years.
Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.