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Village Design Workshop


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 then produces
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.