Design Criteria


Community Greens come in all shapes and sizes. However, there are certain design elements that will ensure that the common is aesthically pleasing and popular with residents.

1) The community green should be bounded by the dwellings it serves

2) Entry points should reflect that it is a private space

3) There should be a private space for each resident and a buffer between the common areas and private areas. Privacy should be layered.  

4) Intended uses should be considered. Areas should be developed that encourage they type of usage residents want to have. Areas of usage should be human-scaled.

5)   Native plantings should be used and they should be organically maintained


These criteria were developed with the input of Clare Cooper Marcus, professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, California.