Jacob's Well is an iconic artesian spring in the Texas Hill Country, the headwaters of Cypress Creek, that is threatened by both local and regional development.
The goal of this class is to create a new master plan for the designated site as per the client’s goals and programmatic elements listed below to ideally include water neutral, low impact development. The plan will include the following desired features:
1.250-500 units of housing, single family, multi family, townhome
2.Energy and water efficient commercial/retail space including live/work spaces
3.Walkable mixed use town center, village, or hamlet with green streets
4.Community Space including meeting space and non profit office space
5.Affordable housing and community land trust
6.Climate appropriate agricultural production (micro farm, permaculture) and gardens
7.Open space network with parkland, trails and diverse natural habitats that promote clean and abundant aquifer recharge
Develop a“Hill Country Urbanism” as an alternative to typical suburban development in the Hill Country. Consider the conclusions of the Hill Country Studio to propose a high density, low impact model of development in the region. Consider the water, ecology, climate, culture, and genus loci of the Hill Country in design.
Students, in groups of 3-4, will each develop a design solution for Woodcreek North, in consideration of the needs of the community of Wimberley, the goals of the Wimblerley Watershed Association, the advice of outside experts in the area, and the needs of the private developer.
Research and design elements will include:
- A plat map of proposed new development
- Design guidelines for the development
- LID elements implemented at a range of scales
- Building/land use code modifications