Andrew Heben is an urban planner, designer, and developer.
He is the author of Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages (2014), and the Village Collaborative was originally created to publish the book and network readers.
Many of the ideas within Tent City Urbanism have since been put into action through the co-founding of SquareOne Villages, a nonprofit based in Eugene, OR creating democratic communities with homes that are permanently affordable and environmentally sustainable.
As SquareOne's Project Director, Andrew has overseen the planning, design, and construction of three developments—Opportunity Village, (2013), Emerald Village (2017), Cottage Village (2019)—and is currently working on two more—Peace Village and Rosa Village. He has also consulted on dozens of other projects throughout the US, and in an effort to help spread this collaborative, community-based housing model, he led the development of the Village TOOLBOX (2016) .
Andrew's career began in grasroots homelesssness advocacy and tiny home building. When first moving to Eugene, he lived at the Walnut Street Co-op (2011-2015), one of only a handful of housing co-ops in Oregon at the time. This helped inspire a transition to affordable cooperative housing development with SquareOne Villages.
Under a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, he further researched and developed this housing model, and added a community land trust component. This has became known as the Village MODEL. He has also helped to start the Oregon Cooperative Housing Network, in an effort to promote this type of housing throughout the state.