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2019 Award Winners



Green Community


Olivette Riverside Community and Farm


Asheville, N.C.

Architect/Designer | Various

Builder | Various

Developer | Olivette Development Properties LLC

Land Planner | Olivette Development Properties LLC

Landscape Architect/Designer | Osgood Landscape Architecture

Photographer | Olivette Development LLC

The team at Olivette Riverside Community and Farm endeavor to create and promote a replicable model for best practice in sustainable new urbanism. The goal is to create a community of lifelong learning, where connections with food, nature, neighbors, and the arts are seamless and foster sustainable happiness. 

The resulting master plan includes farm-focused amenities that foster true connections between residents and the natural environment, with neighborhood hamlets of close-knit homes adjacent to large areas of shared community green space, thus providing wildlife corridors and protection of watersheds on the property.   The heart of Olivette is a fully operational organic farm designed to not only provide food to Olivette residents, but to create opportunities to reconnect with a simpler lifestyle through farm-centric activities. The community also boasts a seven-acre riverfront beach, community gardens and orchards, a large private river island, and miles of interior hiking trails. The community requires geothermal heating and cooling, a HERS score of 55 or lower, and encourages other environmentally friendly building practices, such as passive and active solar design.

From the Judges
This community is well incorporated into the surrounding natural landscape. Charming.

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