Why: We believe that human beings can use effective design to get our needs met while living in balance with the environment. The majority of our current structures are not in balance and as we damage the environment we are creating a situation that will be too toxic for us to live in. Water is the source of all life so Recode has begun by legalizing practices that conserve water and protect it from pollution. The next phase of Recode’s development will be land-use and zoning. Water, food and shelter, the three main pillars that support life and happiness.
We believe that codes can be redesigned to shift away from compartmentalization to an acknowledgment of the interconnectedness of all systems. One way to do this is by utilizing performance based regulatory frameworks. Performance-based codes stipulate what needs to be accomplished while providing flexibility about how it is accomplished. This allows for innovation to be integrated quickly into the built environment.
Community: Recode creates a pathway for community members to participate in creating the rules that govern them.
Process: To create a sustainable, resilient society we need to use intentional human process, good communication and transform oppressive power dynamics.
“Recode was an invaluable asset in the campaign for legalizing graywater reuse. Recode ably coordinated the many groups working on this bill and brought the voice of the grassroots to the legislative table. Recode’s efforts to remove regulatory barriers to sustainability is incredibly important work.”