What makes a community a great place to live? There are likely many things that come to mind immediately and probably very different from one person to another. However, there are some strong components found in many of these communities. The American Institute of Architects has developed a list of the 10 principles for livable communities.
VSAIA has just opened an exhibition featuring Timberlake Place as one of 10 projects that exhibit a Livable Community characteristics. The 9 principles exhibited at Timberlake Place include:
- Design on a human scale.
- Provide choices.
- Preserve Urban Centers
- Vary Transportation Options
- Build Vibrant public spaces
- Create a neighborhood identity
- protect environmental resources
- design matters
- conserve landscapes
The last principle that is included, but not in Timberlake Place – Mixed Use.
All of those points are quite essential, but I would add one more. This placemaking process should be accessible. That allows peoples’ creativity to emerge. When it is open and inclusive, it can be extraordinarily effective in making people feel attached to the places where they live.
Jay, indeed, Universal Design is critical to build a vibrant community. Our project, Timberlake Place is 100% UD, ADA, and UFAS compliant.
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