Robert Wormald, creator of Worman's Mill in Frederick, Md., knew he had to build something unique in order to attract the broader market he was seeking for his 1,500-unit, 30-year project.His
site, while beautiful, had relatively few trees to work with because it had once been cleared for farming.So he
focused on building the quintessential American small town, with a 1-½ acre park complete with a bandstand as its centerpiece.
One thing you won't find in Worman's Mill
, however, is a parking lot; Worman
architect were careful to avoid such signs of urbanism.They cultivated their own sense of nature while preserving a low-density feel by building homes in clusters around heavily landscaped courtyards.A pathway linking all parts of the community creates a sense of cohesiveness as well as a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
Two other award-winners, Fairview Village near Portland, Ore., and Hidden Springs outside Boise, Idaho, may seem to have little in common.The first is located in one of the most densely populated parts of the country and the second is a rural haven surrounded by snow-capped mountains.