When things go wrong, the government is usually first to be blamed. But we know that government resources are limited, and the scale and complexity of the challenges facing us are too great for top-down interventions by government to solve on their own.
In areas with serious problems, there is an immense pressure on government to accept any form of investment it can get. As a result urban development expands rapidly. Yet time and again we see that these standard methods of development and master planning are no longer working well enough to fix broken urban environments and meet the needs of people.
Instead of unlocking the potential in local communities to transform the urban fabric itself, most development projects tend to fixate on providing done and dusted ‘turnkey’ developments conceived primarily as products, that are frequently unsustainable and out-of-scale with the human experience of the city. This often leads to the creation of disconnected enclaves that promote inequality.
Even when excellent policies and frameworks for development have been put in place, often a vast disconnect between such policy and actual implementation remains. Institutional restraints often exacerbate this, creating difficulties in working transversally between departments and other partners.
This makes it hard for government departments to deliver on their KPIs, and even harder for them to fix underlying systemic problems in the urban environment.
That’s where we come in.
We have found that there is one method that succeeds where others fail, when public, private and community, sectors each bring their unique talents to the table, and work together: Where government uses their unique top-down strategic overview of government to allocate resources and investment to enable the vast and largely untapped wellspring of creative energy of people.
We have found that this is essential to create effective and just development patterns that can deliver on critical KPIs and strategic goals.
Our projects and services represent opportunities for precisely this form of development. Throughout our work, we ensure that development seeds the existing urban fabric with catalysts and opportunities. We focus not on just the built environment, but all aspects of social development, ensuring that is inclusive and beneficial to the poor, vulnerable and those with special needs.
And throughout our work, the expertise of our collective ensures that that the conditions for development to be environmentally sustainable and resilient are vigilantly integrated. Our methods safeguard not only the natural environment for future generations, but also provide the inhabitants of vulnerable places with the capacity they need to be able to withstand the economic and environmental challenges of the future.
But we know it is intrinsically difficult. It can often seem like an endless process of hurdle jumping, with seemingly little to show for it. Our experience shows it doesn't have to be like this.
RCDC bring to bear a highly experienced team to help to handle the delicate and subtle aspects of Community Engagement. Our process is designed to accord with existing government parameters, but goes far beyond a box ticking exercise, and is designed to be transformative. Together, we can ensure that it is a visionary and constructive process.
We aim to improve relationships between stakeholders, helping to align priorities and chart a course towards shared win/win/win opportunities between communities, developers and government.
We can provide support to ongoing projects or curate development projects from beginning to end, and into the future.
RCDC provide a full range of services for the delivery of resilient, sustainable and integrated human settlements. In this way we can take the organisational pressure off government to manage projects, and can lend support to existing projects, avoiding the pitfalls implementation so often falls into.
Procurement for service delivery can be one of the most daunting and time consuming parts of a government department’s responsibilities.
While the public expect services to be delivered, government must also deal with internal stakeholders with competing demands. This requires time and attention, and dealing with the regulatory processes is a challenge itself.
We bring to bear a group of integrated service providers that simplify this process by creating strategic bids that clearly and precisely deliver on your contracts’ goals.
We deliver not only on time and under budget, but furthermore deliver long term environmental and resilience goals, helping government to create places that are capable of meeting the challenges of the future.
Our collective approach means we are able to easily scale up to provide the capacity needed to address large scale or multiple projects, while also being able to select a small, curated team to address small scale interventions precisely and cost effectively.
Physical construction of the urban environment is an innately tangible and relatable process for communities.
As such, when it is genuinely inclusive, it represents a phenomenal opportunity for communities and government to authentically cooperate, and build a collaborative relationship together.
We recognise the crucial importance of this. As a result graphic and narrative and communication is woven throughout our work, documenting the contribution of communities, highlighting their concerns, and charting the growth and progress of projects.
Finally this work adds up to a total story, so that people can understand how government's successes were achieved hand in hand with them,
We are also able to offer impact reports and articles, backed up by our academic partners, showing how systemic issues have been addressed via our neighbourhood resilient model’s application in partnership with government.
In this way the hard work and far sightedness of enabling governmental leaders can be successes can be witnessed and valued by their constituencies, building trust and laying the groundwork for future productive engagements.