The Seven Springs Ranch was designed as a
420-unit solar community for retirees and workers in the Santa Clara
Valley. Stoller writes, "Social technical and design considerations
combine sensitive building and site treatment, a sound environmental
ethic, and an awareness of long-term social needs. Varying housing types
accommodate a range of incomes and life styles and all are energy
efficient, utilizing solar heating and natural cooling. Much of the
existing orchard remains to preserve the green belt environment for the
clusters of dwellings." A group of "non-profit" townhouses are
reserved for people on a fixed income. Community facilities include
clubhouses, a pond, greenhouses and gardens, recreational spaces and a
waste recycling center."
A team of planners, landscape architects,
social and ecological scientists were consulted and contributed to the
The project was not constructed.
Photos courtesy Claude Stoller.