June 14, 2006

Congress for New Urbanism Gives Design Award to … the Army?

Yup. "Since the Department of Defense began privatizing its housing in 1996 (more than 128,000 units to date), replacing and upgrading an antiquated stock through partnerships with the private sector, the armed services have started running in some surprising architectural circles," the New York Times reports in New Urbanism: It's in the Army Now. "On June 3 the Army was given a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism."

What does award-winning Army housing look like? For example, "Herryford Village was occupied last year: 171 town houses and houses designed in a local Georgian Colonial style. It has a Main Street with shops and a clock tower, playgrounds, and village greens with open-air pavilions and centralized mailboxes where residents can socialize informally."

"I've met a lot of people because I have to walk to the mailbox, and that's a great thing," resident Jenny Lainhart told the Times.

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