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I have been working for over 30 years to answer a question first posed to me by Robert Healy at the Conservation Foundation in Washington D.C. Bob and I were working together in the 60's and he challenged me with this question I pose to you.
�What would you say to a landowner who is about to build a new home, located on an open stretch of highway (towards a place like Crested Butte, Colorado), that would make the home fit in? You only have time for two beers at a local bar.?
This question poses some interesting problems. The most challenging is what it means to "fit in". The question of "fit" opens a Pandora's box of issues, especially on the concept of "sense of place". See the next page for my thoughts on this.
The question also requires the answer be simple (two beers worth) and voluntary, not regulatory. His question mirrors my own experience that regulations (guidelines, etc.) and excelled programs like Visual Resource Management (VRM) don't work in rural areas. This is in spite of all of the good work by agencies and organizations such as the Scenic Highways program. The reason they don't and can't work is that they don't deal with two issues.
First, the design issues are too subtle.
Second, they don't address the natural and cultural context.
My full answer to the question is spelled out in "Pimples". It's to long for two beers but my experience has been that landowners building a new home are well educated and respond well when there are well reasoned recommendations. The two big issues are illustrated on the next page. The full answer is on the page marked "Pimples"
Some background - Why this website?
This is a pimple and it doesn't fit !