I have recently become interested in exploring alternative housing methods/ community structures that exist within the United States and abroad. The eco-village model was developed in Europe over twenty years ago and has since spread worldwide. Some of the oldest and most developed communities include Findhorn in Scotland & Økosamfundet Dyssekilde in Denmark. The photo above is showing one of the neighborhoods at EcoVillage Ithaca, right here in New York. While there are countless variation of the model, the underlying principles are typically pretty consistent, to promote a lifestyle that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Robert GIlman described such villages as " "human-scale full-featured settlement in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future." I love the idea of living in a supportive community of shared values and shared resources, where people are consciously working to live in greater harmony with the natural environment, and with each other. It seems to me this is the way of the future.