Designing for Community
Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World
Small House, Big Community
Common Grounds: Creating Shared Outdoor Spaces
Ross Chapin, AIA, is the leader in defining and designing pocket neighborhoods. His March 2011 book on the topic Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World (Taunton Press) has been featured in hundreds of news outlets from USA Today to Builder Magazine to The Wall Street Journal, where it made the bestseller list.
Chapin leads an architectural and planning firm near Seattle, Wash., and has been a development partner on six pocket neighborhood projects. These prototypes have received significant national media coverage, professional peer review, and numerous national housing awards. Additionally, Chapin has designed more than 40 neighborhoods across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for other developers.
Projects by his office have won numerous design awards including the 2005, 2007 and 2009 American Institute of Architects Housing Awards, and have been featured in Residential Architect, Builder Magazine, Planning Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and more than 30 books, including Solving Sprawl, Superbia, Housing for Niche Markets, and Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House series.
Travels from Seattle.