Laurent To Be A Sign Of The Times?

Design for a new town on the prairie, with theLocal view of the design process for the proposed new town of Laurent, at the intersection of I-90 and US Highway 81 near the old town of Salem, South Dakota, and a world away from your typical suburb. hearing

"A proposed town for people who use sign language would bring a touch of Europe to rural South Dakota, with plazas, sidewalk cafes and close living quarters designed to help neighbors know each other.

The community of Laurent...would borrow from a variety of urban models to customize a setting for deaf people and fellow signers. But its layout would alter any culture - hearing or otherwise - with narrow streets to slow down traffic and a housing model that would revive a lifestyle of front-porch conversations once common in America."

Thanks to John C. Shepard, AICP

Full Story: New town's plan a mix of Europe, practicality


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