Could we make zion building into a hobby? Like scrapbooking, except that it requires a little more money. And instead of gathering memories in a binder, you would gather loved ones in a community. Anyway, here are some visual examples of intentional communities that exist here in the United States and Canada.
Duwamish Cohousing, in West Seattle, Washington (http://flickr.com/photos/lifebegreen/sets/72157603650686298/)
Windsong Cohousing, in British Columbia, Canada (http://flickr.com/photos/22039537@N07/2150742576/)
The above pictures are all cohousing communities. Another intentional community movement is “pocket neighborhoods”. Pocket neighborhoods are a compromise between cohousing and conventional suburban living. They have more privacy and less common property than a cohousing community, but the homes are still organized in a way to encourage community interaction. Here are some more pictures for you (these images all come from Ross Chapin Architects – http://www.rosschapin.com/Projects/projects.html):