Design: Residential High Density and Mixed Use
University of California Davis West Village
SWA Group, San Francisco
Client: UC Davis
Evolving from three main criteria developed together with the client, affordable housing, quality of place, and environmental responsiveness, UC Davis West Village is the largest zero net energy planned community in the US today, combining compact, walkable neighborhoods with sustainable initiatives. A 222-acre development in Davis, California, completed in 2012, the Village provides housing for 2,000 students and 350 members of the university faculty and staff, as well as a mixed-use retail area, a village green, extensive parks, and an open space network. The design aesthetic focuses on integrating features like permeable paving, storm-water management systems, solar thermal, and photovoltaics in a manner that functions beautifully and efficiently with local environmental conditions. The project ultimately incorporates affordable housing in a neighborhood setting, while strengthening on-campus involvement, and creates a distinctive place to live in a pedestrian-oriented and bike-friendly environment.