Village Homes

Village Homes is a planned community in Davis, Yolo County, California. It is designed to be ecologically sustainable by harnessing the energy and natural resources that exists in the landscape, especially stormwater and solar energy.

The principal designer of Village Homes was architect Mike Corbett, who began planning in the 1960s, with construction continuing from south to north from the 1970s through the 1980s. Village Homes was completed in 1982, and has attracted international attention from its inception as an early model of an environmentally friendly housing development, including a visit from then President François Mitterrand.

The 225 homes and 20 apartments in the village are nowadays, they are in the area of ​​the city, and they are more often than not. All streets are oriented east-west, with all the parcels north-south. This feature has become standard practice in the UK and Canada. The development also uses natural drainage, called bioswales, to collect water to irrigate the common areas and support the cultivation of edible foods, such as nutrients and trees for consumption by residents, without incurring the cost of municipal water.