Tuesday, June 24, 2008

De-Urbanization-The Bulldoze Effect-Solutions:New infill

In this part of this series we will talk about the infill opportunities (ReUrbanization) and how key it is that those infill homes follow the scale of the surrounding neighborhood, particularly in Historic Districts.

The type and style of a infill home is largely dictated by those around it. For example in a neighborhood that is largely Queen Ann architecture, you would not want to build a Italianate style house. So from an urban planning sense you need to look at scale relation to other houses around it. Today when we tour many urban neighborhoods with victorian era homes we will often see small ranches interspersed. These home were part of an failed FHA program to get people to move back into urban areas in the 1970's. This illustrates why design and style are critical to successful re-urbanization efforts.

Another consideration is location, if for example you have several adjacent urban lots Attached Row houses may make sense. Some times 3 lots could be split in order to get two slightly larger lots with side yards allowing for green space.

The city needs to look at “bundling opportunities” in neighborhoods where several city lots could be sold to a single developer for infill construction.

Last Part coming soon Adaptive reuse.
Photos #1: Red home is new infill construction, note how the home has large scale windows and bumpouts and "blends" well with its neighbor. Photo 2: New Infill Italianate next to existing Victorians, note the scale is out of touch as are materials ,brick vs frame. Photo 3: New constructyion single family next to two new attached townhomes, Height scale is preserved and the structures are similar materials.

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