Jeonju Hanok Village

Located in the city of Jeonju, about 200 kilometers south of Seoul, South Korea, Jonju Hanok Village is a neighborhood started in the 1910s that grew significantly in the 1930s as an area of affluence. A hanok–also known as a giwajib, or tile-roofed house–with a courtyard was significantly more expensive to build than the then […]

Seismically Resistant Sustainable Housing

On the morning of October 8, 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale devastated Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province and the Pakistani-administered entities of Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas in the Jammu and Kashmir region, remote areas characterized by rugged, mountainous landscapes and scattered rural communities. The eventual death toll was estimated at between 70,000 and 80,000, and the quake left upward of 3 million people homeless. The victims’ homes, often poorly constructed or sited near hazardous slopes, were vulnerable not only to the tremor and its aftershocks but also to landslides triggered by the quake. Article 25, a London-based charitable disaster relief organization, has designed and overseen the ongoing reconstruction of 82 homes in the affected regions, using local materials, employing local labor, and educating the local population on sustainable and seismically resistant construction techniques.

Kirinda Project

In 2004, the small fishing village of Kirinda, located on the southeast tip of Sri Lanka, was ravaged by the great Asian tsunami that killed more than 225,000 people in 11 countries. The community was devastated: hundreds of villagers were killed or left homeless, and over 90 percent of the village’s fishermen lost their livelihood in a single wave. After hearing of and viewing the effects of the tsunami, Philip Bay, the regional director of Colliers Southeast Europe, was compelled to act. Identifying Sri Lanka as one of the hardest-hit regions, Colliers International commenced discussions with the Sri Lankan government, offering to contribute its real estate expertise to the relief effort. Kirinda—one of the most thoroughly devastated communities of the island nation— was identified, and Colliers was asked to lead the reconstruction initiative. Colliers International used its expertise to finance and coordinate the effort to rebuild destroyed homes in Kirinda.

New Street Garage

A 277-space public parking facility in the Beverley Historic District, which occupies most of downtown Staunton, Virginia, the New Street Parking Garage was developed by the city to spur economic development. Providing supportive parking for the renovated and expanded Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center and the new Blackfriars Playhouse–home of the American Shakespeare Center–the garage’s design is intended to maintain the area’s historic character through the use of streetfront retail space and facades that complement the surrounding architecture.

Morgan Woods

Morgan Woods is a 60-unit workforce housing project in the resort community of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard. The developer, the Community Builders, in a partnership with the leaders of Edgartown, was able to create affordable rental options for the town’s workforce through a creative land deal, modular construction, and progressive zoning. The 21-building residential community stands as a model for other resort towns, which often encounter affordable housing shortages.


Poundbury is a planned-unit development of rental and for-sale homes and apartments, offices, light industry, and retail. At buildout, the community will extend the urban boundaries of the historic market town of Dorchester by 400 acres (161.8 hectares) and increase its population from 15,000 to 20,000.

St. James Plantation

A 3,500-acre master-planned community designed to meet the housing and recreational needs of the swelling ranks of retirees and second-home buyers, located just south of Wilmington, North Carolina, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. An additional 2,500 acres can be developed over the next eight to ten years. Recreational amenities include a private beach and three 18-hole golf courses, an additional nine holes are being built at an existing course, and another 18-hole course is planned. Home sites range in size from one-quarter acre to one acre. Lot price depends on the location, with single-family interior lots being the least expensive and waterfront home sites commanding the highest prices. Strictly enforced architectural design covenants ensure that homes conform to established community standards. Customer service extends to the homebuilding process at an on-site center where homebuyers can explore options for both home exteriors and interiors.

Grove City Factory Shops

A 533,000-square-foot outlet located 45 miles north of Pittsburgh. Developed by Prime Retail, L.P., of Baltimore, the largest developer of outlet centers in the United States, the project currently ranks as the sixth-largest outlet center in the United States. The project was developed in four phases, with the first 235,000 square feet opening in August 1994 and the final 118,000 square feet opening in November 1996. The project occupies approximately 70 acres at the intersection of north/south Interstate 79 and Pennsylvania Route 208.

Island Cohousing

A 16-unit cohousing community located in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard. Situated on 30 wooded acres (12 hectares), the homes are tightly clustered, leaving 24 acres (9.7 hectares) of open space that includes playing fields, a pond, and community gardens. Internal and external subsidies were used to provide affordable housing to eight households. The residents acted as the project developer, working with the South Mountain Company (SoMoCo) as development consultant, architect, and builder.

Springfield Royal Country Club and Beach Resort

A 1,115-acre golf course and resort development located 165 kilometers (102.5 miles) south of Bangkok. The development consist of two components: a country club and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course on 1,111 acres of land on the hills overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, and a hotel and beach resort located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away on prime oceanfront property. The environmentally sensitive golf course and clubhouse were developed using funds from the presale of housing lots and club memberships.