Schmit + Associates

+ FOUR COMMUNITY PILLARS


Schmit+Associates’ core philosophy for successfully developing new or revitalized communities — refined through years of  placemaking experience — is based on four core pillars.

In essence, these pillars provide the foundation for development of communities that are resilient and capable of withstanding the test of time. Our experience has shown that this approach is most successful when balanced with a combination of marketplace dynamics and public-private partnerships.


+ HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Understanding the needs and wants of those who will live or work in the community is essential to the success of the development.

Whether it is business opportunities, lifetime learning, culture, health, economic development, safety, housing diversity, the arts, or parks and gardens, addressing each aspect of their living experiences is vital to creating a sense of community as well as economic potential.

+ BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The cities, towns and neighborhoods, which are renowned as great places, share a common but important attribute -- Intuitive Design.

Unquestionably, the physical structures and infrastructure of communities contribute significantly to shaping a community’s sense of place as well as its long-term value. Yet it is the careful and deliberate orchestration of the architecture, the size of the buildings, the location of the streets and sidewalks, the placement of the art and gardens, gathering spaces and open spaces as well as recreational facilities that must all complement and enhance each other to create this harmonious feeling of Intuitive Design.

+ ECONOMICS OF COMMUNITY

For a community to be deemed a true success, it must be able to withstand many challenges, which underscores the need for a strong economic foundation from the very start.

To establish this foundation, however, there are a host of factors that must be considered from housing and education to business and job creation to community demographics. By having an understanding of these dynamics, a much clearer view of current and potential economic opportunities can be assessed, including the types of jobs and skills present in the community as well as the sources and distribution of income and how these will change over time.

+ NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The natural environment, the “aesthetic” capital of a community, provides the opportunity for a healthier, more enriching way of life. It is through nature that people find balance and renewal.

By taking a collective view of the natural environment, we inform the ideas that will allow residents to enjoy nature to its fullest, including walking paths and community gardens, parks, recreational facilities, nature trails and community gathering areas. All while observing principles of conservation and protection of natural reserves.