IDAD Opinion Statements on Human Ecology
and Social Responsibility

Opinion of the Institute holds that ideal destination design builds the economic security of the owner while seeking to promote the human, social and natural resource.

Opinion of the Institute holds that long-term success of a destination is irrevocably linked to a sound attraction which has a positive relationship with its human capital, community and environment.

Opinion of the Institute holds that a socially-responsible destination will provide equal promotion opportunities for all participants, opportunities for professional development, and humane compensation.

Opinion of the Institute holds that a destination should create products and services that enhance the quality of life, avoids discrimination or exploitive usury practices, as well as violations of human health, safety and welfare regulations.

Opinion of the Institute holds that a destination should conduct its operations with respect for the environment and provide leadership in addressing the natural resource challenges faced by their particular industries.

Opinion of the Institute holds that IDAD designers and architects should make concerted efforts to know the human and natural ecology history of client destinations for whom they provide professional services, while developing additional social issues guidelines for their individual practices.

Opinion of the Institute holds that information and advice by IDAD designers and architects or the benefit of destinations concerning community investment should not inadvertently support a destination enterprise that is working at cross-purposes, but rather accounts for all the social and ecological cost which can be ascertained due to destination design choices.

IDAD Statement on Coastal and Waterscape Systems
Institute policy holds that water/land interface zones are natural resources with understandable biological and geophysical processes. These zones have economic potentials which require sound design when commercial interests are directed toward the development of such primary ecosystems.

Institute policy holds that misdirected development projects in such landforms can irrevocably undermine the stability of shorelines and introduce new sources of contamination.

Institute policy holds that freshwater and saltwater zones, such as estuaries, bays, inlets, reefs, marshes, lakes, rivers and beaches require private reinvestment to maintain and enhance existing public landscape flora, fauna and scenic character for human habitation and quality of life.

Institute policy holds that such public zones, if left underdeveloped become subject to natural destructive forces which could have been precluded with sound infrastructure designed to check such damage.

Institute policy holds that respect for flooding, overwash and dune migration realities by waterfront communities and the application of management strategies should allow positive development of offshore, nearshore and inland zones if inhabitant transportation and historic infrastructures are revamped. In addition, development regulations should establish locally-derived mandatory set-backs, which meet the unique needs of various waterside community economies through retention of their "water's edge attractant" resource.

Institute policy holds that undeveloped natural shorelines negatively impact the "attractant resource" that human settlement economies should benefit from over the long term. Therefore, communities should establish design programming processes to relieve both the naturally-occurring destructive pressure impacting shorelines and the equally deleterious policy of "preservation" without the protection afforded by thoughtfully-considered human access and intervention.

Institute policy holds that governments should restrict non-water-dependent development in shoreline zones and reduce development on migrating sands, overwash or flooding sites. But human settlement and economies must logically benefit from these resources; therefore, water-dependent development utilizing the attractant resource permitting human access and intervention is the only sane preservation and the only successful protection possible of these zones as both natural habitat and as resource supporting perpetuation of human communities.