But Where Will the Baron Live? Florida Development to Try New Medievalism
April 30, 2007 10:48 AM
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This new 600-acre development in Florida's Panhandle might just put New Urbanism on its head, <http://www.sptimes.com/2007/04/25/Business/Call_it_green_medieva.shtml
>reports the St. Petersburg Times. "Sky" is not based on bucolic, early 20th-century communities, but rather on an attempt to recreate the hamlets of the Middle Ages, with clusters of homes surrounded by fields and garden plots. The project, largely self-financed, is scheduled to break ground in 2008 and be completed by 2018.
From the article:
[Developer Bruce] White's medieval prototype development will come with such modern luxuries as tennis courts, a spa, coffee shops, and the latest in high-tech energy efficiency.
The development has also scored a $1.8 million grant from the state of Florida to use renewable energy technologies on-site. The Dirt has yet to confirm whether the moat will be a graywater or harvested rainwater system.
Check the <http://www.dpz.com/project.aspx?type=3&Project_Number=604&Project_Name=Sky
>project's website for more details and images.
Sky presents a new model for growth to Calhoun County by advocating compact development and the preservation of open space in this predominently rural area. Rather than consuming former agricultural land with sprawl, Sky clusters its development into villages and hamlets, offering compact and walkable communities within a greater natural and agricultural environment.
Three villages are located along the perimeter of the site, linked by picturesque roads. These villages offer intensifi ed development in limited areas, with commercial centers located within walking distance for residents. Smaller, courtyard style homes are provided within the village centers, while larger lots border the roads, providing expansive views over the fi elds. These estate, or hacienda, lots can be partially utilized for agricultural purposes or equestrian activities. Many of these lots are intended to have land preservation covenants, as well as incentive programs encouraging homeowners to build with green, energy-friendly technologies.
The site is dotted with cypress wetlands, pine forests and farm land, about half of which will be preserved. Creeks, lakes and extensive trail systems for hikers and equestrians offer residents and visitors access to various natural landscapes. Additionally, each village will feature a signifi cant amount of public outdoor space. The community�s primary center will be a treed square and plaza opening towards the northeast of the site, and offering views across the fi elds to a new, man-made lake. A lodge and spa are tucked away beyond this lake, affording visitors solace and relaxation.
The principles regarding Sky�s environmental and sustainable building policies will be imbedded in the town�s urban and architectural codes. The plan, along with these codes, will enable Sky to become a model environmental development, exhibiting sustainable growth patterns on both the regional and community scales.
project tearsheet: 142 Kb PDF file
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