Living Community Challenge Resources

Living Community Challenge Resources

The following two resources should be used together.

The Living Community Challenge Standard 1.2

The Living Community Challenge Standard is the complete framework for project teams to create a path toward certification. Download this resource to learn more about the philosophy and goals of the program.

The Living Community Challenge Handbook 1.2 (April 2018)

The Living Community Challenge Handbook v1.2 (April 2018) includes guidance and advice on planning for, designing, developing, inhabiting, and certifying a Living Community. The Handbook includes suggested directions for Master Plan contents, and inspiration for pulling the community in question to ever higher levels of performance. Recognizing the early stages that the Living Community Challenge v1.2 is in, it will continue to evolve over the years based on the knowledge created as actual streets, neighborhoods, towns, and cities explore what it means to be a Living Community.

We encourage using the Living Community Challenge Standard and Handbook together. Refer to the intent and specific requirements in the Standard, and then using the Handbook to address questions, process, and nuance.

Community/Campus Check-up

A helpful tool for you to use with your development or client. Complete the check-up, take a photo of it and send it to for complimentary LCC consulting.

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Program Video

Living City Design Competition (2011)

The International Living Future Institute’s Living City Design Competition, hosted in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, called for teams worldwide to create powerful visualizations of how existing cities might be transformed to achieve and transcend the Living Building Challenge 2.0, the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard.

More than 80 teams submitted entries, addressing 69 different cities spanning 21 countries. Submissions were evaluated based on their ability to capture the attention and imagination of a broad audience and reassess assumptions about a future filled with high-tech, ecologically dislocated cities. Rather than constructing new cities from scratch, submissions also focused on the premise that a “living” future will rely on retrofitting the existing built environment and regenerating the evolutionary capacity of life.

TOWARD A LIVING COMMUNITY: A Vision for Seattle’s First Hill and Adjacent Neighborhoods

What’s Inside:

  • Conceptualizing a Living Community is to address questions like; what is the story of the place? What makes a neighborhood welcoming to people of all incomes and backgrounds?
  • Planning a Living Community was bringing together leaders and experts close and a part of First Hill to construct a vision of what good looks like for their community.
  • Food: a group-led effort envisioned most streets and open spaces incorporating agriculture that could be a source of jobs to local residents.
  • Habitat: The group proposed a habitat grid of rewilded streets, a restoration of pre-development hydrology, and a reforesting program.
  • Community: The group stressed that all design needs to be about inclusion and multiculturalism, and that nature can be a language to unify.
  • Mobility: First Hill participants proposed streets that are truly multi-use, multi-modal, and multi-generational.
  • Energy: The group looked at opportunities for renewable energy generation along underused parts of the right of way.

Living Community Patterns

Inspired by Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language[cite], the Institute has adapted the concept of patterns for sustainable community design and development. The Institute encourages Community project teams to use the Patterns throughout their development, from concept through occupancy. The Patterns are often used as a conversation starter, as a tool to engage the community, and as a path to innovation to further evolve the community’s potential to vision high levels of environmental, economic, and social performance.

EXPANDED: LIVING COMMUNITY PATTERNS: Exploratory Strategies for a Sustainable San Francisco

What’s Inside:

  • Addressing the challenges of ensuring a sustainable and resilient future.
  • A collaboration between the San Francisco Planning Department and the Institute to explore sustainability strategies.

A LIVING CITY: Bend, Oregon Living Community Pilot Project (2013)

What’s Inside:

  • 3rd Street Corridor redevelopment plan
  • Advocacy for sustainable development plans in seven other neighborhoods throughout the city.
  • Development history in Bend
  • Analysis of Existing Conditions
  • Living Patterns of Development
  • Master Plan Concept and Renderings

UNIVERCITY DEVELOPMENT: From Living Building to Living Community (2013)

What’s Inside:

  • UniverCity Development History and Background
  • Simon Fraser University History and Background
  • UniverCity Childcare Center
  • Planning for a Living Community
  • Photo Essay of UniverCity
  • Lessons Learned

Living Community Challenge 1.0 Standard (May 2014)

Living Community Challenge 1.1 Standard (Oct 2016)

Our team is available for custom consulting. Options include charrettes, education, conceptual and technical assistance, in-depth studies and specialized research. We look forward to working with you and your team to plan for your Living Community.

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