Site Design for Multifamily Housing: Creating Livable, Connected Neighborhoods (Paperback)
  • Site Design for Multifamily Housing: Creating Livable, Connected Neighborhoods (Paperback)

Site Design for Multifamily Housing: Creating Livable, Connected Neighborhoods (Paperback)

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Paperback 168 Pages / Published: 02/06/2014
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The United States is over eighty percent urbanised, yet over half of the population still lives in suburban settings, characterised by low-density, automobile-dependent development with separated land uses. These disconnected and isolated models of development have been linked to increased greenhouse-gas emissions and reduced quality of life, health, and social connections. In Site Design for Multifamily Housing: Creating Livable, Connected Neighborhoods, the authors explain that creating more liveable and vital communities is within reach and the design and development of multifamily housing is a key component to reaching this goal. Multifamily housing is an important component of increasing density, which is necessary to achieve connectivity for compact and walkable development. Multifamily housing in suburban areas presents greater challenges than in urban areas due in part to larger lot sizes and street patterns that are often a mix of cul-de-sac, curved, looped, and dead-end streets. Increasing the liveability of these developments is an important first step in affecting the liveability of the country as a whole. This handbook introduces planners, developers, and designers to ten key elements of multifamily site design, comparing typical and recommended conditions. Case studies of successful large lot multifamily developments as well as retrofit proposals for existing developments with low internal and external connectivity will demonstrate how the tools in the book can be applied. Examples are drawn from Oregon, California, North Carolina, and Arizona. The ideas and tools in this book, including the planning checklist, code guide, and code summaries, will help users to create more liveable, vibrant, and healthy communities.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610915472
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 280 x 216 x 9 mm

"Site Design for Multifamily Housing offers designers, developers and planners clear and cogent site design advice for improving connectivity, walkability and livability--features that are crucial to the design of better, more resilient suburban futures--all in an easily-referenced handbook format."--June Williamson "Associate Professor of Architecture at The City College of New York "
"This invaluable 'how-to' guidebook demonstrates easily understandable interventions that can be championed by the array of participants in city building. Site Design for Multifamily Housing is a distinguished and timely resource that will clearly motivate the transformation of North American suburban contexts to be more connected, livable, and enjoyable."
--Scot Hein "Senior Urban Designer, City of Vancouver "
"Site Design for Multifamily Housing is a much-needed urban planning resource that will encourage infills, retrofits, and the improvement of existing suburban sites through the introduction of design and coding techniques for better connectivity and better urbanism that are attractive to the emerging markets."
--Galina Tachieva "partner and Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company "
"This book-- direct, concise, practical-- fits nicely into what may be a developing genre of guides to achieving greater sustainability without megaprojects and without immediate radical change in everyone's mind-set."
--Planning Magazine
"[A] straightforward guide that offers design criteria for pedestrian networks, street design, open space, landscape design, and more..."
--Landscape Architecture Magazine

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