Joshua Tree developer Ida Alwin on What Makes Modernism Work So Well in the Wild


A childhood in South Africa instilled a love of wild landscapes in Ida Alwin. While it lay dormant during her dozen years in London, a visit to Joshua Tree reignited it with a fervor that prompted her to relocate. Her company, Desert Developments, channels her enthusiasm for the desert through the lens of sustainable living in partnership with the land.

Alwin will lead the Sustainable Homes Tour during Modernism Week on Saturday, February 23, 2023, guiding guests to some of the High Desert’s homes that not only generate their own power, but are doing it in style. As an adjunct to the event, Don Albert will lead an on-demand discussion regarding sustainable design that will include an in-depth look at Joshua Tree’s Doolittle House’s sustainability credentials.