An aerial view of the Patrick Henry Commune concept.

Turin-based design firm Carlo Ratti Associati has created a redevelopment proposal for the former U.S. Army European headquarters, known as Patrick Henry Village, in Heidelberg, Germany. If the proposal is accepted by the municipality of Heidelberg, the base could become “a 21st-century commune dedicated to the ideals of the sharing economy, a center for co-living, co-working, co-making, and other cooperative and inclusive activities,” according to Forbes contributor Federico Guerrini.

The PHV base once housed up to 16,000 Americans, and contains two schools, a movie theater, a library, a dentist’s clinic and a post office. CRA’s plan calls for housing to accommodate 4,000 short and long-term residents, plus “co-living blocks” – shared kitchens, living areas, and co-working spaces – that outnumber private residences.

CRA’s plan is currently just a proposal, and there is no indication that local stakeholders will approve.

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