For a few years, Phillip J.
Tabb, an architecture professor at Texas A&M University, has served as the master planner
of the Serenbe community, a development emerging in the Chattahoochee
Hill Country south of Atlanta, Ga. The project is featured in
the June 2006 issue of Metropolis magazine, in an article titled, “A
Workable Utopia,” on pages 48–52.
In the story, Tabb touches on the concept of “constellated
urbanism,” which is further articulated in his paper, “Sustainable
Planning at the Urban Edge: The Serenbe Community.” The
idea, Tabb says in Metropolis, is “that you achieve a higher
level of unity by connecting smaller, individuated settlements.”
The article concludes, that Serenbe, “set within an innovative
regional land-conservation effort, … offers a workable
place-making alternative that might be applied wherever corporate
builders are threatening to sprawl their way across America.”
The June issue of Metropolis is available in the Technical Reference
Center. Current Metropolis subscribers can read the article online
This summer, with funding form the Serenbe Institute, Tabb focused
on Phase III of the project. He facilitated a charrette with
health practitioners, health administrators, and healers from
various traditions to develop a design for a Health and Wellness
Hamlet. The hamlet will create a residential community in harmony
with nature, within the context of Serenbe communities. Its inherent
design combines eastern and western healing practices that encourage
healthy living and support the commercial development of health
and wellness services that will be fully integrated and woven
into the very fabric of the hamlet.
Among the facilities planned for the hamlet are an integrated
medicine and wellness spa, fitness center, therapeutic pool,
vegetarian restaurant, inn with recuperative cabins, pediatric
center, an east/west pharmacy, physician’s offices and
treatment facilities, and healing herb glasshouses and gardens.
This unique residential community will begin construction in
June 2006 Metropolis cover
Student model exploring street section of one of five town
centers to be located in the Serenbe development in Georgia.
An alternate model of a town center model