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To create places that foster a sustainable, just and inspiring world.

What We Do

PLACE's Vision:

We transform communities by building visionary places for people to live and work.

Our vision is that every community will be:

- Powered by clean, renewable energy
- Inspired by artists and imagination
- Created in collaboration with thousands
- Open and affordable to everyone
- A transformational place where people can flourish

The PLACE team has completed 25 major live / work mixed-income projects in 26 years.

WAV, a visionary case study:

Our WAV community in Ventura, CA, designed by Adele Santos (Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT and minimal-funding architecture specialist), brings together the elements needed for a comprehensive, healthy and visionary community. WAV is LEED certified and generates more electricity than needed on a sunny day.

Shaped by 142 public community meetings and thousands of Ventura residents, WAV is home for painters, musicians, photographers, designers, dance, and many other creative minds. Prior to WAV, these residents ranged from homelessness, families earning low incomes, and higher income families.

152 persons from all across the income spectrum have homes, a free theater-gallery for residents and neighbors, outdoor amphitheater, electric powered car sharing, affordable health care, as well as job and health services. Incorporating attractive design with neighborhood retail and commercial space, WAV blossomed into a cultural attraction with 20,000 visitors in its first year. A feat compounded by the complete absence of a marketing budget.

We continue to build sustainable and rejuvenating communities for the environment, their residents, their cities, and our world. PLACE's mission-driven vision and endeavors forge a unique local dream for each specific city within each special project. Let us show you what we can accomplish together.


Elizabeth B.
Volunteer manager
Chris V
Chris V.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
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