The Thunder Valley Regenerative Community masterplan is a sustainable community of single family homes, multi-family dwellings, and more on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This eco-friendly, climate-adaptable community was designed from the ground up with local culture and values in mind, using sustainable technologies for solar, wind and geothermal energy.

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Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Master Plan, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), BNIM, Pyatt Studio, KLJ Engineering, Studio NYL, green masterplan, Indian Reservation, South Dakota, rainwater harvesting, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, community gathering space

The Thunder Valley Regenerative Community is currently underway on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. The project brought together the local community and several organizations and design studios around the idea of creating a visionary community design. Local community members worked together with the Oglala Lakota nonprofit organization Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), and architecture firms BNIM and Pyatt Studio, with support from KLJ Engineering and Studio NYL.

Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Master Plan, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), BNIM, Pyatt Studio, KLJ Engineering, Studio NYL, green masterplan, Indian Reservation, South Dakota, rainwater harvesting, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, community gathering space

Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Master Plan, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), BNIM, Pyatt Studio, KLJ Engineering, Studio NYL, green masterplan, Indian Reservation, South Dakota, rainwater harvesting, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, community gathering space

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As the lead planner for the project masterplan, architecture firm BNIM designed the multifamily and mixed-used buildings and created a high-performance water collection and reuse system, wastewater treatment systems, and on-site solar, wind and geothermal energy generators.

Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Master Plan, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), BNIM, Pyatt Studio, KLJ Engineering, Studio NYL, green masterplan, Indian Reservation, South Dakota, rainwater harvesting, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, community gathering space

Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Master Plan, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC), BNIM, Pyatt Studio, KLJ Engineering, Studio NYL, green masterplan, Indian Reservation, South Dakota, rainwater harvesting, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, community gathering space

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The first phase of the single family homes—by Pyatt Studio—is scheduled for completion this year. Also under construction this year are the first two community buildings, designed by BNIM: the Thunder Valley Community Center and Guest House.

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