College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Thomas Kommer, Phil Barlow
With a large call for sustainable methods in construction due to current consumer interest and worries over the environment, a growing movement has developed to answer this call. This project involves a case study on agrihoods; housing developments involving community farming. The research will be centered around the use of Freehold Communities’ in-progress 309-acre agrihood model located in Palm Springs, California known as Miralon. This, as well as information from independent third-party sources, will bring to light the numerous positive aspects involved in making communities’ sustainable though agrihood’s unique attributes. The project will touch on the possible negative aspects and challenges that have been brought forth against them. These will include challenges faced with building agrihoods, what implications it has when using them (additional labor & potential crop issues), and how sustainable these communities truly are. At the conclusion of my project, the project will provide information on agrihoods evolution, insight and collective opinions on how these agrihoods are solutions to environmental issues, the innovations in sustainability they possess, and the practicality in terms of cost and time.