New York Times – Cities for Tomorrow
July 27, 2015 4:45 pm
DyalCompass attended the Cities for Tomorrow Conference at the New York Times Center in New York City in July. Bjarke Ingels, from BIG, the architectural firm designing the fourth tower at the World Trade Center was one of the many interesting speakers. Mr. Ingels spoke of community – of addressing nature and of design. One does not build just a pretty building, it must honor nature, it must be built well, it must be an acknowledgment to nature’s tempers, it must nod to climate warming, it must create collision opportunities for the community to meet.
I could completely relate to what he was saying. All of DyalCompass’s projects boast all of those attributes. Indigo Park in Kiawah Island, SC is all of that. Indigo Park wants to lead by example. More and more the public is not just thinking of their needs but the needs of the community and the planet earth as the whole picture.
Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, spoke of the ‘100 Resilient Cities’. Kiawah Island’s ‘big city’ neighbor, Charleston, SC has applied to be one of these most noted cities in the world. The factors that determine a resilient city include: inclusiveness –a sense of shared ownership; integration -bringing together a range of distinct systems and institutions; a robust system–well conceived constructed and managed systems; redundancy –spare capacity purposively created to accommodate disruption. The four ‘ingredients’ for essential dimensions in resilience are: Health & Well Being, Economy & Society, Infrastructure & Environment and Leadership & Strategy. Indigo Park leads the way in all four of these essential dimensions. More and more the public, the mayors, and city leaders are seeing the value of these dimensions.
To learn more, come visit us in Indigo Park on Kiawah Island Saturday, September 5th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for a celebrity organic farm to table tasting and see the organic homes made of pure resilience.
Pray for Charleston
June 18, 2015 2:31 pm
When one operates with an attitude of how can I help? it breeds wellness. It honors the environment. It honors our fellow citizens. A simple hello starts a sense of connection. In the following weeks let all of us make an effort to say hello. To connect, to honor.
DyalCompass is praying for Charleston our beloved city.
A Call To Action
June 3, 2015 2:30 pm
In the course of history there comes a time when humanity is called upon to shift to a new level of consciousness. That moment has happened again and again regarding our environment and doing life, honoring our earth.
DyalCompass recently attended the TedWomen conference in California. I was fortunate enough to meet Jimmy Carter, Margaret Heffernan and Mary Robinson. All three addressed the importance of moving forward on honoring the climate. We should incentivize all companies, all people to believe, if they don’t already, do it on their own. They were shocked when I told them that the local real estate brokerage house incentivized the brokers to sell an inferior product versus the LEED homes in Indigo Park. Obviously they have not read Margaret Heffernan’s book Willful Blindness. The book explains that the people who run business often ignore the obvious – with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and similar environmental crisis.
As Jimmy Carter spoke, the crowd of people who care grows. It is the ones who operate as we instead of I. That is short sighted. The long journey is always the right one. Helping others as we walk through life. Leaving a better planet behind then the one before. I thank my contractors, my customers and those the brokers who have sold Indigo Park in Kiawah Island ,SC- a conscience (beautiful)
The “Kind” of World We Want to Live In
April 29, 2015 5:44 pm
Kind, Caring, Living a life that helps make the world better is happening. I went to a We Work event where owner of Kind spoke. He spoke of transparency in products and the way he conducts business. He promotes health – hence a better way.
DyalCompass is all about transparency, all about health and living well – we recently held two open houses in Indigo Park – I was inspired. The audience clearly cared about the green features. I asked one couple why they weren’t looking at a cheaper neighborhood. He looked at me with a stunned face. “I have children, if we all don’t take a stand now they won’t have a future. Plus I like that I feel safe in an Indigo Park home if nature comes. I also like saving on utilities, finding time for my family and caring for the environment. To me Indigo Park is a real value.” Well there you have it, someone who knows to invest in the now – to have the future.
For more information on the Indigo Park homes on Kiawah Island, SC, or call 646-568-2477.
Taking a Risk
January 7, 2015 5:22 pm
What a difference a year makes. I started Dyal Compass with a “what if” attitude…. what if I can show my two sons that risk can be good, to be vulnerable can be good, to look beyond what is it in it for me but instead how can I improve the world. Because of this, I created the first LEED home on Kiawah Island and I showed my sons it not all about the money. I saved a house and did not knock it down nor did I just collect on two ocean front lots.
Move five years forward and DyalCompass has two sales in Indigo Park, the first community in a resort area with all its homes LEED Certified. By not taking the approach of what is in it for me but how can I improve Kiawah and pay it forward to the next generation I became better than I was.
I look back in awe of what the three of us have achieved. I managed to start a real estate development company in the worst real estate recession in our life time and make it a green company with a conscience. Imagine the world if every building and home was built to LEED standards.
Nick graduated from college and realized office life was not for him. So he took a risk and joined the army. He learned taking risk, not money is what brings happiness. Evan graduated from college and became a residential advisor/teacher/coach and found his calling was helping people. It is not about the money, it is about reaching out to others and making the world better.
So how does a family like that celebrate Christmas? By shaking things up, or in this case, not going to our traditional place to convene (Kiawah Island) but instead to Disney World. Yes we rode ride after ride, ate junk food, laughed until it hurt. We acted like kids and had fun. Doing what did we, saying no to presents, said no to expectations said no to traditions, and yes to taking risk. We encourage all to reach out and try to make this world better in your own way. Watch the creativity flow.