In addition to the planning around ecological systems another major concern for outdoor spaces in the mountain environment is the presence of micro-climate zones which are exposed to the winter sun for a large part of gathering spaces toward the south and south west.

This concept has been employed within the Telluride Mountain Village. This village is segregated into three core areas; 1) Research & Development Core, 2) Village Core, and 3) Mixed-Use Core. All three areas are linked to golf and/or ski slope access. The Telluride Mountain Village is designed to be more than a destination resort. The goal is to ultimately be a self sufficient community nestled into mountain landscape of Telluride Colorado.