The EcoBlock as a development concept is envisioned primarily for second tier “rust-belt” cities, or cities with significant inner core vacancies. The development of an EcoBlock Prototype illustrates what an EcoBlock can look like, how it can function, how ownership can be structured and how it can be implemented and managed.

A prototype by definition is meant to be adapted to a particular context, so it is anticipated that an EcoBlock in Baltimore may look quite different than one in St. Louis or New Orleans. Nevertheless, it is expected that they will share many core features and attributes, such as a central commons, shared Net Positive Energy and Water Infrastructure, and a socially-responsible ownership and management structure, all while maintaining contextual urban design consistency with its surroundings.