•November 2016 - Hog Mountain Village Georgia received Traditional Neighborhood Development zoning approve including a Learning Cottage Campus embedded in a walkable mixed-use, mixed-income master plan anchoring the village green.

•September 2015 - Carlton Landing Academy opens designed and built with Learning Cottages.

•August 2010 - Designers of the Learning Cottage meet at Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina to discuss future opportunities and partnerships for the initiative.

  1. June 2010 - The Learning Cottage: A Habitat for Community Model is presented at the American Institute of Architects, a session discussing the Learning Cottage, its merits, and case studies.

  1. June 2009 - First organizational meeting at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store of local leaders to discuss the opportunities to use the Habitat for Humanity Model to further develop the Learning Cottage.

  1. March 2008 - Designers toured the Smith Academy measure site and review potential Learning Cottage locations. 

  1. February 2008 - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system met with the designers of the Learning Cottage to discuss the potential of building a Learning Cottage at Smith International Learning Academy. 

  1. February 2007 - WBTV films a feature for their evening news cast on the Learning Cottage as a solution to overcrowding and construction costs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

  1. January 2007 - Advocates of the Learning Cottage meet with school construction officials including, the Assistant Superintendent of School Construction, to discuss possible application of the Learning Cottage at Nations Ford Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  1. September 2006 - The Civic By Design Forum hosted the School Design Workshop, with attendants from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, including representatives from the school system, community advocates, architects, and other leaders in the region. The workshop involved a series of interactive discussions and included “Box City” with school aged children designing their own community. The workshop was featured on the CMS (Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools)-TV Station  and was a featured article in the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

  1. June 2006 - The idea of a School Forum sponsored by the Civic By Design Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina, became a project that would lead to furthering the Learning Cottage. 

  1. Spring 2006 - The Learning Cottage idea was initiated following a Civic By Design Forum on the Katrina Cottage.



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Thomas E. Low