Antioch College Village Vision Planning
Founded in 1852, and one of the first co-educational colleges in the nation to offer equal educational opportunities to women and African Americans, Antioch College embraces inclusiveness and connectivity to this day. Evidence can be seen in the proposed Antioch College Village, a 160-home residential neighborhood for people with and without College affiliation that will be woven into the campus. The College intends for the Village to become a certified “Living Community” which adheres to the stringent standards established by the Living Future Institute for sustainable, equitable communities.
To help the College realize its vision for this unique neighborhood, Biohabitats brought a focus on ecology and water to the planning process. Participating in a three-day, public charrette with members of the campus community and citizens of Yellow Springs, Biohabitats shared information about the flow of water through the campus, as well as the local and regional ecology.
Biohabitats then worked with participants to explore ways to integrate low impact development, sustainable stormwater management, and ecological systems and functionality into the new neighborhood. Biohabitats also collaborated with charrette participants on ways to enhance connectivity between the campus, the greater community of Yellow Springs, and a nearby nature preserve.
As a result of Biohabitats’ participation in the charrette, the final plan for the Antioch College Village now promotes preservation of mature tree canopy, integrates sustainable stormwater management practices in the landscape, celebrates local ecology, and enhances connectivity for people and the nature.