January 24, 2005

Village Homes - A Better Suburbia

Category: Urban Planning

vhomes.jpgDavis, CA: I have been meaning to post something about Davis' Village Homes neighborhood for ages, but never got around to it. So, I'll just link to Architecture Week's lengthy highlight this week, and tell you a little bit.

Basically Village Homes is everything people want in terms of Suburbia: Ample, detached homes, with lots of greenery and a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood for kids. But there are a lot of extras thrown in: Passive solar heating, car-free greenways for bikes and walkers, shared open space, edible foliage (now that's a novel idea!), and a natural stormwater drainage that's more effective than the municipal system. It's not perfect, but its a 30-year old laboratory that is begging to be learned from. There is even a book.

Posted by Nick at January 24, 2005 1:01 PM