Our Sustainability Leader Mike Cavanaugh contributes extensively to a new Fast Company article, “Architects Speak Out Against Trump’s Latest Executive Order,” which focuses on the impact related to new rules and policy implemented by the current administration.
As the article notes, “On August 15, President Trump signed an executive order that shortened the permitting process for federal infrastructure projects by overhauling the environmental review process, which he believes has slowed the pace of infrastructure construction and repair. The President also revoked an Obama-era rule mandating extra flood projections for all federal infrastructure projects. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Texas government assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey and its flood waters, and begin to rebuild, this policy change will impact how new infrastructure is designed and to what specifications.”
Cavanaugh is one of several architects to offer perspective on these changes in the article. Below is a key excerpt:
On deregulation and those most at risk
“I wasn’t surprised; we all saw this coming,” Cavanaugh tells Co. Design. “We’re definitely concerned, but at the same time we’ve been through this for seven to eight months and we know deregulation is the theme of the day. (Policy makers) deregulate because they want things to happen faster. So areas without the robust economy feel like they need to get a fast-food version of development going. That’s where planning isn’t going to take place properly. They’ll build critical infrastructure below the 500-year floodplain and that’s where we’ll see regretting some of these decisions made to quickly to get a short-term economic boost, maybe not in 1 or 5 years, but in 10 or 20 years.”