Just a couple of decades ago, getting a driver’s license was a turning point in life. It changed one's outlook, independence, and freedom. Today, the access to technology and the interconnectedness that it affords us is making driving a lower priority.
The question is, who would have anticipated this 20 years ago? Who would have predicted this shift in what for decades was a milestone in American life?
Anticipating these shifts is what Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson and Partners, wants to do with Babcock Ranch. The project—a HIVE 100 Innovator—was formulated as a living lab to improve the future of housing design.
Located in Fort Meyers, Fla., the project started in 2005, when sustainability and wellness were not commonplace on a builder’s checklist. Now, they are critically important, and so is what Kitson calls a “sense of place.”
Kitson grew up in a small town in New Jersey, where the high school was in the middle of the town. He walked to school and was kicked out of the house by his mom to entertain himself until dinner time. Kitson was inspired for the need to recreate this type of community and sense of place. He now wants to also make it sustainable and leave a legacy to start to change the way people view developing.