Situated on land once owned by Henry Ford, this project resulted in about 70 homes clustered near the middle of a much larger 1,800-acre golf course resort development surrounded by nature preserves.

"One of the first things we looked at was the oak alley that is really the spine of the development," notes architect Donald Rattner, with the Studio for Civil Architecture in New York. "We tried to plan the village around it in the manner of a traditional Southern rural town."

That theme resulted in 15 prototypes for the various homes and heavy emphasis on public spaces, especially the layout of homes around a central green--in this case the alley of oaks.

"We envisioned rotaries and hubs to keep traffic in a loop and slow down cars," Rattner adds. "And we used Grasscrete (porous pavement from Bomanite) in some sections so that visually you're not seeing so much pavement."

"These are the best-selling lots in the whole development," the architect continues, "but it took a lot of effort to get to this level of detail."

Category: Site plan; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: Donald M. Rattner, formerly with Ferguson Shamamian & Rattner, New York; Builder: Sterling Construction Management WV, Richmond Hill, Ga.; Developer: Dolan, Pollak & Schram Development Co., Richmond Hill, Ga.; Landscape Architect: Design Works, Charleston, S.C.

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