November 3 — Imagine a community that is being developed by the Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, Victor Sidy, along with 6 apprentices at the famous school. For one thing, you can be sure the community will balance well with the environment, and is not just so-called “greenwashing” (painting a community as green when it really isn’t). For another, it will be beautiful. Sidy’s team has developed plans for Lily Valley, called the “New American Village”, which will be just north of Hattiesburg MS. The effort by Taliesin is a response for innovative architecture to help this area of Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Lily Valley will eventually occupy some 67 acres north of Hattiesburg, MS. It combines a mix of residential, commercial, and cultural elements and amenities. The idea is to create a sustainable and walkable community where residents can walk to grocery stores, medical care and recreational facilities. Homes will have solar panels and other controls to save energy. Some buildings will have green roofs to help control runoff and reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes are being designed for people of all economic levels.