Ross Chapin Ross Chapin, FAIA, who lives on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, is an architect and author of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World. Over the last 15 years, Ross has designed and partnered in developing six pocket neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region — small groupings of homes around a shared commons—and has designed dozens of communities for other developers across the US, Canada, and the UK.


Pocket Neighborhoods
Mending the Web of Belonging, Care, and Support Among Neighbors

Our hunch that there was a market for small homes in a community setting proved true. The cottages quickly sold to working and retired single women, empty nesters, and a couple with a 3-year-old child. Within a few months, word got out about our pocket neighborhood across the country, with articles in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cable TV. The response we received was electric...

Summer 2012 Issue

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