A difference exists between building large tracts of commodity housing and "authentic community". Both are necessary for a “perfect economy”, that is, meeting the housing needs of all. The latter however tends to be in short supply due to the extra time, effort and cost involved. It has been proven however, that such investments do pay, if undertaken with serious research, thought and a process that digs deep into user needs and preferences. This page illustrates several communities that have found their stride in strong consumer acceptance, positive impact on quality of life and strong economic performance.
Principal-in-Charge for the sustainable master plan for award winning 4,000 acre, mixed land use, six village master planned community incorporating various traditional neighborhood design techniques into a high-velocity, primary housing market.
Principal-in-Charge for the development of mixed-use community master plan for 8,800-acre site including a 450-acre Town Center, four to six golf courses, over 900 acres of parks and open space, and approximately 10,000 housing units.
The 424 acre redevelopment project Monrovia Nursery in Azusa, California, a first-ring city in Los Angeles County had at its core a mixed use transit oriented district. Being on the Gold Line light rail system, the albeit suburban context allowed a modest intensification of density and the addition of retail to create a walkable, service-oriented core.
Diyar Al Muharraq
The master plan for the 2,500 acre new city off the coast of Bahrain is anchored by two urban cores. The North Core was primarily residential in character organized around a pedestrian Corniche, harbor and mixed use promenade.
The 25,000 acre Campbell Ranch, strategically located between Albequrque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be the largest new community in the region with over half of its lands dedicated to open space conservation.
This rolling 600 acre ranch was acquired by Daybreak Communities with Kellenberg Studio retained to explore a conceptual master plan. Linked open space networks allowed internal connectivity, storm water treatment and extensive trail system in creating a hybrid new urbanist plan form.