We are pleased to submit our designs for high quality, super energy-efficient homes for the Moreland neighborhood. Our team has spent years conceptualizing, designing, and building the future of housing. While this submission starts with innovative homes, the Moreland neighborhood represents a unique opportunity to go beyond reimagining housing for a 21st century Shaker Heights to thinking holistically about the priorities we have as a community. The resulting vision is more than the houses; it is the community-driven Moreland EcoDistrict.
We apply a systems thinking approach to not just the Moreland neighborhood but the development of walkable places in general. Inspired by the FullSpectrum Sustainability concept found in two of our team members’ book The New Grand Strategy, we assembled a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team of developers, architects, academics and strategists, many of whom call Shaker Heights home, to form The Moreland Collaborative.
The Collaborative’s vision is to place sustainability at the core of Moreland’s development future, combining the best of the existing character and history of the neighborhood with advanced modern homes and expanded connectivity. Leveraging dramatic advancements in sustainable building science and design methods such as Passive House, we can build healthy, efficient, and affordable homes that meet market demand and address vexing social and environmental issues. When these types of housing solutions are integrated with the many nested systems that make a neighborhood health and wellness, education and jobs, parks and open space, transit and connectivity, fresh food and clean water, arts and culture a bright future emerges not just for housing, but for our entire community. To deliver that future, we celebrate the Moreland neighborhood’s past and focus on unique placemaking to strengthen its development. In the process, we’ll create a framework that can be scaled and replicated in other Shaker Heights neighborhoods as well as first-ring suburbs and urban neighborhoods throughout the region.