- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 2nd ed. edition (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559636866
- ISBN-13: 978-1559636865
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning From Village Homes 2nd ed. Edition
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While the movement toward creating more sustainable communities has been growing for decades, few examples exist of successful and time-tested sustainable communities. Village Homes outside of Davis, California, is one such example. Built between 1975 and 1981 on 60 acres of land, it offers unique features including extensive common areas, community gardens, narrow streets, pedestrian and bike paths, solar homes, and an innovative ecological drainage system.
In Designing Sustainable Communities, Judy and Michael Corbett offer an inside look at the development of the project from start to finish, describing how it came about, design approaches they took, and changes that have occurred over the years. The book represents an invaluable guide for professionals and students involved in planning, architecture, development, and landscape architecture.
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The authors begin by saying, "When we set out to design and build Village Homes in 1972, it seemed unlikely that we would be successful. We had no financial assets and no track record in development.... Luck was on our side. It took a great deal of tenacity and perseverence, but in the end we were able to overcome multiple obstacles and build Village Homes." This book details the struggle, and offers perceptive comments on both Village Homes, and similar community design movements.
Ironically (and unfortunately), despite the ultimate financial success of the community (their homes have probably the highest resale value in Davis), there have not been other similar-sized or larger communities created based on the Village Homes model. The authors note that "Over time, houses in Village Homes have been growing increasingly less affordable. Over a twenty-year period, the community's reputation has changed from 'that hippie subdivision' to 'the most costly place per square foot to live in Davis.'"
They also note that "The shopping center serves as a place to purchase goods and services, but ... it fails to function as a town center for the area it serves.... Aside from a few restaurants, there is little or no space for leisure or socializing. There are no plazas or civic spaces."
This 2000 book will be of considerable interest to those interested in intentional communities, ecovillages, permaculture, environmentalism, the New Urbanism, etc.