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Alternative Housing: An Urban Design Talk with TCHC

Join us for this in-person Design Talk! Hosted by the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition

Celeste Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of Collin County will discuss their newest alternative housing project, Cotton Groves, an affordable housing community built entirely with re-purposed shipping containers located in McKinney, Texas. The 2.75 acre community will feature an eco-friendly, sustainable development of 35 townhomes, a playground and an amenity center to bring residents together for social opportunities, health clinics, hydroponics gardening, fitness and fun to promote a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.

Donna VanNess, President, Housing Channel, a nonprofit, affordable housing developer will discuss new building models and alternative housing types in an effort to combat rising real estate and construction costs. Gone are the days of the typical single family subdivision with 5,000+ square foot lots, the inventory crisis demands a much more aggressive and scaled approach toward sustainable homeownership development in the increasingly competitive market.


Monday, August 29th 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Quail Trail Community Room

4444 Quail Trail

Fort Worth, TX 76114



pay what you can - $20 suggested donation


About Urban Design Talks

CDFW Urban Design Talks are monthly chats for the community to learn, converse and grow in all things urban design. Talks will cover a broad list of topics including tiny homes, water & design, food deserts, the history of housing in Fort Worth, and so much more! Urban Design Talks are cohosted with The American Institute of Architects!

Stay tuned for some of our upcoming Design Talks!

Topics include...

  • Inclusive & Effective Community Engagement with Public Allies

  • Fighting the Flood Conversation - Watershed Urbanism

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About Community Design Fort Worth

Community Design Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life in Fort Worth communities by:

  • Serving as a resource for design and planning assistance

  • Engaging the public in dialogue about key issues and opportunities

  • Undertaking long-term visioning in anticipation of future challenges


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