Presenting a model of the development to community members

Villa Verde

The "Villa Verde" community engagement game

Presenting a model of the development to community members

Villa Verde

Villa Verde

KDI is partnering with Abode Communities, an affordable housing provider with focus on service-enhanced and socially-beneficial facilities, to design and build a 153-unit affordable housing development in the City of Coachella. KDI is leading the community engagement and participatory design process for the development, as well as serving as Landscape Architect.

Context

Original conditions at the site

The lack of economical housing is a pressing issue in Coachella, which includes many low-income farmworking families.

These communities also lack sufficient access to public space to support health and wellbeing. Villa Verde will provide much-needed affordable housing as well as outdoor amenities that might not be available to lower-income residents.

Process

A resident selecting amenities for the site

KDI lead the community-led design process, using on-street engagements, workshops, focus groups and other strategies to co-design a development that serves the needs of local low-income residents of all ages.

KDI is also serving as Landscape Architect, physically and aesthetically linking the development to the wider neighborhood through outdoor spaces.

Solution

Site plan of the development

The development will include 50,000 square feet of open space that center around a promenade known as “Verde Path”.

A plaza, located at the western property line, will offer an outdoor pavilion, a play structure, an interactive splash pad, and a resident center, among other features selected by community members.

Impact

Residents play the "Villa Verde game" to select amenities

The resulting development, slated for completion in 2023, will be a critical source of accessible housing for low-income families in Coachella.

Through community-designed amenities it will promote social cohesion and solidarity, reflect the vibrancy and resiliency of the local community, and integrate with the surrounding neighborhood through carefully-designed, locally-inspired landscaping.