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What is PLACE?
PLACE is an ethical nonprofit that builds sustainable communities.
Our vision is that every community will be:
Powered by clean, renewable energy
Inspired by artists and imagination
Created in collaboration with thousands
Open and affordable to everyone
A transformational place where people can flourish
PLACE was founded in 2005.
The PLACE Team has recently worked on sustainable communities in Ajo, AZ and Philadelphia, PA. Our most recent completed project is the WAV in Ventura, CA [PDF].
PLACE’s mission is to build a sustainable, just, and inspiring world, one community at a time.
What does PLACE do?
PLACE builds sustainable communities that bring together the arts, environmentalism and social justice.
We think of PLACE as a “make tank,” an organization that creates and builds new and experimental models for communities that demonstrate radical innovation in environmental design, live/work development for artists and creative businesses, luxury green living, affordable workforce housing, and permanent supportive housing for the most economically distressed.
We strive to make each PLACE community reflect the highest community ideals, creating beautiful and inspiring places, lifting people out of poverty, empowering community participation, and providing equal opportunity, all while generating economic return, renewable energy and jobs.
Our aim is change the way communities are made, dramatically improving the way we live, work, commute, create and interrelate, as well as the way we impact our cities and our Earth.
What is a “Sustainable Community?”
A sustainable community must ultimately generate more energy than it needs, be open and affordable to everyone, demonstrate universal design, produce its own food, offer multiple transit options, create places to live, work, create, learn, and play, celebrate its historical and cultural resources, empower the people to participate in its creation, facilitate interconnectedness, be healthy and beautiful and inspiring, and waste nothing.