The housing master plan for the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Community in Little Rock, Arkansas shifts age related planning processes from traditional institutional settings toward a more community-based solution. Aging in place is a planning initiative to align housing and health care services with the changing needs of seniors. This avoids the common problems of under-care and over-care. Changing margins of needs would be satisfied through a robust system of urban fabrics: 1) housing, 2) pedestrian, and 3) streets. Balconies, terraces, porches, screened rooms, or patios mediate the public-private interface. This veranda urbanism sponsors greater sociability, stewarding the social capital that differentiates neighborhoods from subdivisions. 


2007 Progressive Architecture Award
2005 AR AIA Award


Good Shepherd Ecumencial Retirement Center

AuthorMatthew Petty