Development Success Stories
New Urbanism/Traditional Neighborhood Developments
Collections of Green Development Success Stories
Armory Park del SolTucson,
Describes a sustainable community in the historic Armory
Park portion of inner city Tucson as one of the first PATH national
demonstration projects. The development offers 99 single-family
homes affordably priced from $80,000 equipped with cutting-edge
energy- and water-efficient technologies.
ParkTaos, New Mexico
Describes a 54-acre planned community designed with primary
emphasis on preservation of the natural environment. The project
contains several environmentally sensitive features including
restriction of its land development, limitation of its water
consumption, clean up of its waste water, and preserving more
than half its land as open space. Homes can be designed to be
built totally independent of utilities and services.
Bigelow HomesChicago, Illinois
This Chicago-area developer has created a number of communities
that feature traffic-calmed streets, livable front porches,
wide sidewalks, neighborhood parks, and energy efficient homes
with a $400 annual heating guarantee.
Details a model traditional neighborhood development designed
to promote economic growth while maintaining important social
values and ecological harmony. Civano combines Traditional Neighborhood
Development with sustainable design, energy and water efficiency.
Production homebuilder Pulte Homes is constructing homes in
the development that conform to Civano building standards.
IslandDewees Island, South Carolina
Profiles a private residential community dedicated to integrating
principles of sustainable development in all phases of land-use
planning, site design, building design, and project management.
The Island Preservation Partnership, the consortium of developers
building on the island, has designed a model that ensures minimum
environmental impact while maximizing economic value.
LakeOrcas Island, Washington
Explains a 300-acre environmentally-sensitive residential development
in which homes must follow the carefully created design guidelines
focusing on traditional bungalow and craftsman styles. The guidelines
are meant to promote aesthetic harmony within the community
and also blend with the natural environment.
HomePalo Alto, California
Clarum Homes, a California builder, offers among its products
The Enviro Home, an energy-efficient single-family home
that has attained Energy Star certification, and has been designated
a Zero Energy Home by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
In addition to saving energy, the homes conserve water and contain
Garden VillageDenver, Colorado
Profiles the redevelopment
of the former Elitchs Gardens amusement park into a mixed-use
urban village. The development includes a village of
single and multi-family homes, live-work housing, senior housing,
co-housing, parks, gardens, a revitalized community theater,
retail and offices, all based on the principles of diversity
and environmental responsibility.
MeadowMarine on St. Croix, Minnesota
Details this new 64-home residential development focusing on
ecological land use. Jackson Meadow has a "commitment to
create a sustainable environment that respects the unique nature
of this special place." The development is combined with
more than 100 acres of open space for people and wildlife, and
includes a communally constructed wetlands, and natural ponding
for water filtration and runoff.
Explains a 200-home model community developed for residents
left homeless by Hurricane Andrew. Features of the project include
energy efficiency, water efficiency, recycling, composting,
and appropriate landscaping, as well as educational programs
that will emphasize to the communitys residents the importance
- Hillsboro, Oregon
A new transit-oriented community of 1,800 homes, a town center,
office, retail and nearby employment on 209 acres in the town
of Hillsboro, west of Portland, Oregon. Extending out from the
light rail and town center is a grid of walkable, tree-lined
streets and parks, featuring cottages, condominiums and rowhomes
in a broad range of sizes and prices.
TucanRiviera Maya, Mexico
Described an ecologically-friendly subdivision that integrates
a number of strategies including alternative design and construction
methods, alternative energy and environmentally-sensitive site
Details a conservation dedicated to preserving the distinctive
open landscape of central Lake County and encouraging daily
living in harmony with the environment. The community is the
western anchor of the Liberty Prairie Reserve, a 2,500-acre
preserve of forest, marshes, prairies, and farmland.
- Portland, Oregon
RiverPlace represents a reintegration with Portland's urban
and riparian fabric, a 25-year turnaround from four-lane freeway
to thriving downtown neighborhood. Developed around the strong
guidelines and timeless vision of Portland's Central City Plan,
a public-private partnership finding increased success with
every phase, and access to the Willamette River, RiverPlace
is a vital riverfront community and an integral part of a thriving
Profiles a trend-setting 'pocket neighborhood' consisting
of eight detached cottages grouped around a garden courtyard.
The project incorporates sustainability in many aspects of design,
construction and materials and demonstrates how individual homes
can be designed strategically to create a sense of community.
Porte County, Indiana
A 170-acre community of new simple houses and lofts, ranging
in size from 400 to 3,500 square feet, grouped in seven settlements.
Three-quarters of the area is preserved as rolling pasture,
meadows, woods and ponds. An active original farm provides a
center for community activities.
Describes a 68-acre development of single-family homes, apartments,
a community center and an office building that features solar
construction, natural cooling systems, communal agricultural
areas, a natural drainage system and a pedestrian- and bike-friendly
layout. The project serves as a model for environmentally sustainable
development and community planning.
Woodlands - Houston, Texas
Officially opened in 1974, The Woodlands is a forested community
made up of six residential villages (with a seventh in development),
three corporate and commercial centers, a resort and conference
center, medical facilities, and a full range of shopping, dining,
entertainment, and recreational amenities. This project pioneered
the blending of nature with large-scale development, creating
a benchmark in balance and quality of community planning.
New Urbanism/Traditional Neighborhood Developments
Describes a 2,055-acre master-planned, mixed-use community planned
around the concepts of Traditional Neighborhood Development.
Describes a neotraditional town designed for approximately 12,000
residents and 4,000 home sites. One-third of the 1,650-acre
site will be developed with the remainder preserved as open
space, forest land, wetlands and farmland.
I'OnMount Pleasant, South Carolina
Describes a traditional
walking neighborhood inspired by the planning and beauty of
historic Lowcountry towns and neighborhoods
on the LakeStillwater,
This 350-home development was designed as a return to the type
of friendly, walkable, more livable communities of the past.
Sidewalks, porches, public squares and village greens encourage
neighbors to congregate. A town square features a playground,
baseball and football areas and enough land for concerts. A
small retail development will create Liberty's own "main
Explains a 300-acre development, the first phase of a 1200-acre
master plan for a walkable community. The plan for Magnolia
Square seeks to foster an active, diverse, and pedestrian-oriented
neighborhood with a mix of densities, scales and uses that are
carefully designed to blend in with the existing community and
natural features. A mixed-use town center at the heart of the
community includes the highest density housing on the site,
as well as ground floor retail within walking distance of all
This development transformed an existing strip shopping center
into a traditional New England town center with six interrelated
neighborhoods including 380 housing units and 462,000 square
feet of retail, restaurants and offices. Approximately 65% of
the land will be protected as open space.
Details Canada's first neo-traditional community, which, upon
completion, will consist of numerous small neighborhoods known
as villages, each with a central park and many other smaller
parks. The first completed neighborhood, Inverness, is home
to more than 1,000 people.
Showcases a 400-home mixed-use neighborhood designed and master
planned by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, featuring
greenspace, community scale, narrow streets, live/work units
and short setbacks.
Provides an overview of a 2,800-acre development that incorporates
a mix of residential, commercial, and office uses into a single
cohesive development based on New Urbanism principles. The project
consists of five mixed-use villages situated on a expanse of
land overlooking the Puget Sound and adjacent to the old company
town of Dupont.
Profiles a new urbanist, mixed-use neighborhood said to be a
Explains an 80-acre resort community along the Florida Coast
heralded as the first and best known example of what has come
to be known as New Urbanism. The development is designed on
a neighborhood scale and is designed to foster a sense of community.
Explains a new, mixed-use urban community on the former Stapleton
airport property. The Stapleton Plan envisions a traditionally
urban, pedestrian-scale community served by mass transit, neighborhood
retail, employment centers, and particular emphasis on energy
efficient affordable housing, natural resource conservation,
and other environmentally sound policies.
WaterColorGulf Coast Florida
This 449-acre resort and residential community master planned
in new urbanist style has half the community dedicated to green
space, strict architectural guidelines, and requirements for
One of six communities being created by Clear Springs Development,
Baxter Village includes a mixed-use town center, single-family
homes and townhomes, and 400 acres of open space in parks and
trails. It is located near the 2,300-acre Anne Springs Close
Greenway. The development was recognized by the Sierra Club
for its preservation of open space and sprawl prevention.
Creek CenterCoffee Creek, Indiana
Describes an innovative project that combines the concepts of
New Urbanism to create a pedestrian-oriented community with
principles of sustainable design. The more than 640 acres that
encompass Coffee Creek Center will include a mix of residential,
commercial and retail areas set within distinct neighborhoods,
together with a significant portion of land that will remain
natural green belt.
Describes a town of 200 occupants situated in Colombia's barren
eastern plains originally started as a 1971 scientific experiment
of self-sufficiency. It continues to thrive utilizing renewable
energies such as wind and solar and has developed its own technologies
in water purification and hydroponic agriculture.
A conservation community on 1,844 acres near Boise, Idaho, featuring
an 810-acre conservation area with a 100-acre working produce
farm, a town center with post office and general store, and
1,000 traditional-style homes planned by 2009.
Discusses the efforts of Pattonsburg to redevelop sustainably
following the Great Flood of 1993.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Developed beginning in 1960 according to a master plan that promoted dense development, today this community is a model of smart growth.
Explains a co-housing community that replaces the conventional
development approach with a "conservation community"
approach that strives to protect land, create open and green
space for its residents, and allow easy pedestrian access.
Explains a cohousing community located on 180 acres of countyside
in northern Virginia that incorporates many principles of sustainability
in the project concept, master plan, and guidelines for home
design. The project also will also be used as a demonstration
of environmentally sustainable development where participation
in the design process will be documented to assist designers
and planners of similar communities.
This 15-household rural cohousing community will utilize sustainable
building practices and cluster development to preserve existing
farmland and a tree farm. Sustainable farming will be used to
grow community food and operate an organic garden on the CSA
Describes a cohousing community employing appropriate
technology to reduce resource consumption and dependence on
cars. The development is built on a reused industrial site adjoining
a wildlife refuge on a marsh. Buildings feature salvaged wood,
certified lumber and recycled paint.
Profiles an eight-home, intergenerational
community that emphasizes resource efficiency, environmental
preservation and a deep sense of community. The homes
are built as duplexes, in a configuration that maximizes open
land and concentrates living quarters near community areas.
The size, shape, orientation and construction of the homes emphasize
energy and resource efficiency while the community design favors
pedestrians over automobiles.
An affordable cohousing project that focuses on incorporating
a mix of energy-efficient, green, and cost-effective building
materials and systems.
Profiles a cohousing project with a mix of households,
of varied backgrounds, ages and views, yet a shared desire to
live near known neighbors in a small community.
Profiles a project of the Holyoke Housing
Authority to develop a mixed-income community of energy- and
resource-efficient townhouses and flats. A stable mixed-income
community will replace public housing that fell into disrepair,
with 272 affordable, value-engineered homes.
Solar RowhousesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Explains how developers helped revitalize a community in North
Philadelphia with passive solar rowhouses.
Times Square Building -- New York City, New York
Comprising 1.6 million square feet of environmentally responsible
design, Four Times Square is the first project of its size to
adopt standards for energy efficiency, indoor ecology, sustainable
materials, and responsible construction, operations, and maintenance
of the AnasaziSanta Fe, New Mexico
Describes a hotel known for its excellence in design
as well as its integration of sustainability concepts into the
overall concept and management of the hotel.
The Thoreau Center for Sustainability manages an environmentally
and financially sustainable facility in the Presidio of San
Francisco. It houses a vibrant community of primarily not-for-profit
organizations working for a healthy environment and a just society.
Sustainable Development Case Studies
The U.S. Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence Sustainable
Development web page offers case studies of sustainable federal
development including an EPA campus, squadron facility, and
Uses for Army Surplus Buildings"New
York, New York
A June 2001 continuing education feature in Architectural Record
chronicles the redevelopment of waterfront Fort Totten into
a training and administration center for the fire department
and parks department, as well as community open space. The project
included adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
Center for Urban Development
Profiles success stories of government building revitalizations
in communities across the country.
Collections of Green Development Case Studies
A premier collection of over 200 case studies of residential
and commercial green development projects around the world,
from Rocky Mountain Institute.
Design Awards 2003
Awards presented by 10000 Friends of Pennsylvania in recognition
of development projects that successfully demonstrate sound
land use principles.
Green Building Coalition
Offers a list of development projects applying for green development
Design Case Studies
Provides several case studies from a leading
Builders Association Neighborhood Locator
Provides links to examples of developments
designed on new urbanism principles and concepts in many U.S.
Chronicles progress in PATH program participating developments
across the country that feature energy-efficient construction,
innovative building technologies, and affordable homes.
Builder's Smart Growth Award-Winning Developments
Honors developments that made a special effort to build communities
that exemplify principles of "smart growth." Entries
were judged on the following principles: protect and provide
access to the natural environment; incorporate a mix of land
uses; use land in an efficient and innovative manner; encourage
multiple transportation options; are pedestrian scaled and pedestrian
friendly; provide housing choices; respect local traditions;
take advantage of infill opportunities; and deliver a genuine
experience of place.
Last updated: November 19, 2004
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