The neighborhood's design will provide open spaces, while ensuring privacy for its residents.

The physical design of the neighborhood will acknowledge the prominent features and terrain of the land chosen for the project. It will promote the following tenants of community living:

• Shared interior spaces (community house, workspaces)
• Shared exterior spaces (parks, greenspaces, gardens)
• Community house with commercial kitchen, dining area and guest residence
• Private homes
• Safety from crime and cars
• Diverse housing types (studio apts. to 4 bedroom homes)
• Diverse home pricing (affordable housing integration)
• Walking paths that connect residences and common spaces
• Cars (alleys & parking) located on the perimeter
• Shared storage areas (tools, bikes, gear, car)
• Absence of fencing

Small, densely assembled homes surrounding a common greenspace in Washington State.

Small, densely assembled homes surrounding a common greenspace in Washington State.

smaller homes, larger green spaces

Due to the shared nature of the neighborhood, homes and living spaces will be smaller in size. To make accommodate, guest rooms, hobby rooms, gear storage and workspaces (usually found in garages) will be shared by residents in common buildings. To accommodate more green and garden space, footprints will be small and the site plan will be dense in areas. Homes design will acknowledge this proximity and provide residents privacy from their immediate neighbors and views of open common spaces.

Conceptual site plan that shows how spaces interact and how roads and cars are kept on the periphery

Conceptual site plan that shows how spaces interact and how roads and cars are kept on the periphery

safety by design

By orienting homes toward common spaces, residents always have their "eyes on the commons" making it easy to see non-residents and children at play. Another safety measure considered in the design is car travel. Keeping cars to the exterior of the neighborhood reduces air and noise pollution, creates safe places to play and promotes an overall peaceful natural setting. In order to achieve this, some homes will be built without connected garages. These "walk-up" homes will be served by either an adjacent parking lot or an unattached garage on a nearby alley.

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