Sea Ranch: NorCal community blends nature with communal & private space

“In 1965, a group of young architects- inspired by the local Pomo Indians’ belief in “living lightly on the land”- began planning a community where the buildings blend with the terrain and instead of yards, there are “commons”: miles of … Continue reading →

Kirk Nielsen – Green Builder

“Community Layout and Structures Designed Using Sacred Geometry Using sacred geometry to layout the communities enhances the connection to Earth, Spirit, and creates a joyous uplifting environment. … Continue reading →

Alejandro Aravena: Bring the community into the design process

“When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, architect Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes … Continue reading →

Designing Sustainable Communities

In addition to my house design work (which is really taking off, by the way), I’ve had several requests to design sustainable communities. So far these large projects haven’t fully materialized, but the opportunities I’ve been presented with have given … Continue reading →