Village Homes: A Community by Design
Mark Francis, FASLA
The Village Homes neighborhood in Davis, California, built in the 1970s, is one of the few long-standing examples or sustainable community design. Mark Francis has been studying Village Homes for more than two decades. In this Land and Community Design Case Study he brings together new information-studies about children of the community and interviews with Village Homes designers, residents, and maintenance staff-as well as existing research. The author takes a critical look at Village Homes, addressing its contributions as well as its limitations. He also examines the question of why, despite its success, the Village Homes development has not been replicated.