At the 2003 Greenprints Conference,
a sustainable design conference put on by Southface Energy Institute,
Ecos and Preston & Associates/Village Habitat Design produced
a village design session for conference participants. Over 50 attendants
in six groups participated and heard about the Chattahoochee Hill
Country Land Use Plan and developed designs for a hypothetical village.
Intended for a wide range of participants from traditional developers
to community activists, this workshop is an experiential education
in the theories and realities of the community design process. After
a presentation from a panel of representatives from current village
development projects, participants are divided into design teams
that that are lead by experienced designers on our staff. Each team
a village design for a hypothetical development project, which is
reviewed by the larger group. This process shows participants the
kind of thinking that goes into the village design process and what
community benefits can be established with good design.