Habitat for Humanity, The Affordable Housing Alliance, The Naropa Institute, The Rocky Mountain Institute, and seven independent residential and commercial developers all contributed significant efforts during the multi year design process which saw the project increase the density, add allowed uses to increase the vitality of the neighborhood, change the adopted road alignment to increase solar access for all buildings, and implement leading developments in stormwater management and building envelope design funded by a grant from the EPA. Working with those seven developers required “buy-in” from each of them to ensure all were working toward the collective vision. Design Guidelines that described the patterns, massing, rhythm, and scale of the buildings were written with the intent to inspire, not constrain. This allowed each group to contribute their skills, expertise, and talent within a framework built on consensus.
All these efforts were recently paid a terrific complement by a resident when he told me “you guys did a great job here, now we’ll take over – this is our home”
I recently presented the neighborhood to the Congress of New Urbanism at their annual conference. The Holiday Neighborhood project has been awarded accolades as a significant contribution to the evolution of sustainable communities by the Urban Land Institute, NOVA, and Plan Boulder.
Note: I began this project while at Barrett Studio in Boulder and have completed the project through George Watt Architecture.