1. The Architecture + Respecting the Place
The new village. Architecture as a wholly reimagined new realm of service, not architecture as we know it today. Rather, a new discipline of design thing that blends consumer-focus with the ethos of true product design that embraces technology, building science, carbon science and data capture.
The site is Lago Vista, on the shores of Lake Travis, at the foot of the Balcones Canyonlands, in quintessential Texas Hill Country, current population 6,500, just 20 miles northwest of one of the U.S.'s hottest markets for new housing development, Austin. Lago Vista's natural topographic magic will perch a new village climbing high above Farm to Market 1431, will give way to a community unlike any other in regard to respecting the natural landscape while creating a connect community villiage.
2. Technology and the Digital Twin
A first-of-its-kind holistic technological multi-helix – planning, design and architecture, engineering, building and smart home solutions, energy performance, embodied carbon calculation and reduction, renewability, and cyclicality -- will weave into the sinew and fabric at a community level never achieved before. Each home will have a Digibilt, BILTid.
3. The Carbon + People Handprint
A community-level embrace of its future, and the future of its residents for all time. This pioneering dimension of the Lago Vista project will model urban planning towards a 2050 harmony vs dissonance. In this narrative stream a strong Environmental, Social, and Governance theme will strike a chord of value and opportunity to investors, policy officials, and municipal leaders. The project will serve as a built case study, to show that it is possible to build a thriving community with a zero carbon footprint.
4. Pre-Development, Development and Construction
Sustainability as an imperative through use of technology and data to drive responsible decisions and report realized impact reductions through design, construction and operations. Construction and operational models that minimize waste, improve productivity, "bend cost-curves" and pass along value and benefits to both the end-user renters and owners, as well as to associates and subcontractors in the workstream.
5. The Placemakers Class
What we've learned so far, what humbles us, what we believe is next and what we're most proud of.