This research project focussed on an impoverished African American neighbourhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The neighbourhood to the south-east of the city was blighted by poor housing stock, high un-employment but had a strong sense of community and identity. 

Working with local residents a masterplan was developed based on local currencies and a series of cottage industries using the components of a self- sustainable urban 'village' as a model. 

Proposals include new grazing land for rearing animals and fields for growing food, and a number of facilities based on the products and by-products of these; a slaughterhouse, a microbrewery, a community restaurant, a fireworks factory and so on.