Our campuses are designed to break down some of the traditional barriers to interacting with your neighbors that are typical of any apartment building or a classic suburban subdivision. Everything is designed to break down barriers to feeling like you are part of a real community – from the spacing of the home’s large livable front facing porches to the constellations of neighborhoods arrayed around the Great House and greenspaces.
Pocket neighborhood design specifically has provided a good deal of inspiration for our campuses. These are a specific type of planned community with grouping of smaller residences, often around a courtyard or common garden, designed to promote a close knit sense of community and neighborliness with an increased level of contact. Some of the considerations include reducing or segregating parking and roadways, the use of shared buildings and outdoor spaces that promote social activities, and homes with smaller square footage built in close proximity to one another. Features in the homes are designed to maximize space and can use built-in shelves and porch areas, encouraging time spent outside with a focal point around a greenspace instead of parking areas. Environmental considerations often play a role in the planning of pocket neighborhoods, and those advocating them promote their design as an alternative to the sprawl, isolation, expense, and commuter and automobile focus of many larger homes in suburban developments.