Envisioning Sustainable Northampton
Envisioning Sustainable Northampton is the product of work commissioned by the Northampton Design Forum (NDF) in the summer of 2008, executed between September and early December of 2008 as an academic exercise by graduate architecture and urban design students from the University of Notre Dame. It represents work undertaken subsequent to a seven-day on-site September 2008 charrette, and proposes images of and guidelines for both present and long-term development in Northampton, Massachusetts.
The narrative theme is the inherent sustainability of traditional architecture and urbanism. The Notre Dame School of Architecture's guiding ideal is a built environment that is convenient, durable and beautiful, contending that by being convenient, durable and beautiful, the built environment will necessarily also be sustainable.