Kentlands is one of the first, and probably the best known,
of the archetypal towns and villages of country and city which
are designed by architects who actually plan, not just
buildings, but entire communities and the towns in which they
exist. Lakelands is a similar, adjacent, community with a
character of its own.
Arlands (ArcLands), also known as new urbanism and
neo-traditional developments, are classic towns and villages of
country and city. New old-fashioned-towns are conceived by
architects who design archetypal communities reminiscent of
classical Currier and
Ives villages. Kentlands and Lakelands in Gaithersburg,
Maryland, are evocative of the all-American village that
Gaithersburg itself was in the middle of the twentieth century.
The nature of these communities, of course, hearken back to the
villages of Europe and all the way back city-states of ancient
Greece. See History.
In celebration of the classic villages which are the
inspiration for the neo-traditional designs of new urbanism, we
will be looking at some of the inspirational towns here and
abroad as well as at the new towns.