How can a regenerative community development address the critical need for self-sufficiency, economic self-determination and ecological resilience?
Pyatt Studio is part of the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community master planning design team led by the award winning green architecture firm BNIM and in collaboration with KLJ Engineers, Studio NYL Structural Engineers and Biohabitat. The design team created the first master plan in the spring of 2012, considering the site balance of water supply, stormwater, wastewater, and energy.
The overall goal of the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community is to create a sustainable and interconnected community that provides better housing, places for businesses to thrive, and a supportive environment for youth, elderly and families. The community is envisioned as a living laboratory to build job skills, knowledge, and capacity for residents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to own homes and businesses.
This project explores new ways of living that build on traditional Lakota values to develop innovative, homegrown Native solutions to a variety of local, regional, and global challenges. Watch Thunder Valley CDC tell their own story of innovation and positive grassroots change in their new short documentary video presented here: Ecosystem of Opportunity.