Thompson + Pollari

Tawa'ovi Community Development Project

The Tawa’ovi Community has been planned to provide a “northern gateway” for the Hopi homeland and a new hub for tourism, while reducing tourist incursion into the traditional Hopi villages. Tawa’ovi is the Hopi People’s investment in the future, aimed at creating a full range of economic development opportunities for the Tribe. The Community has been designed to be financially and physically sustainable, with a focus on cultural design for the land plan and the architecture. 

The Community Land Use Plan includes 28 acres for housing located in three sequential Village zones, 26.5 acres for the Governmental Campus including sites for a fire station, police station and potential detention facility, and 9 acres for the Cultural Campus. Three additional land use areas will provide space for business, light industrial and commercial, and a K-8 school site within zones totaling 32 acres. A full range of technical studies have been accomplished on the development parcel including a soils study, topographic surveys, floodplain analysis and environmental & cultural clearance surveys. An existing BIA well adjacent the site has been tested, indicating a viable long term water supply with good water quality. 

Commercial services will include a gas station, hotel with restaurant, and a new central Hopi Market Place that will provide sales and business incubation space for Hopi artists, craftspeople and farmers. Tawa’ovi will be a new community for the Hopi people that will provide housing, much needed space for governmental expansion, and a full range of services that will allow residents to fulfill nearly every need right within the community.


April - 2005

Key Design Concepts

  • Economic development “hub” located on the Turquoise Trail to Kayenta
  • Cultural Campus with Hopi Museum and Archives, Visitor Center and Library
  • Land Use areas separated by open space & rock outcroppings
  • Housing Villages with traditional plans and Pueblo massing
  • Sustainable design as foundation for Development Guidelines


Hopi Development Committee presentation – January 2009