|urban infill cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:09:25 -0800 (PST)|
Saw this industry report online - perhaps an indicator for the next wave of cohousing projects - urban infill, transit oriented developments (TOD). Could be pretty exciting! Housing downturn results in demand for more infill and high-density development -- Building Design & Construction, 12/14/2009 10:52:00 AM (also published on same date at Residential Design Build under headline: Consumers want homes close to jobs, transportation) Washington, D.C. - December 14, 2009 - Consumer preferences for community design that once preferred suburban and rural areans removed from metropolitan hubs is moving increasingly toward infill sites that have greater access to public transportation options. Mixed-use developments focused around density are being favored in some cases over traditional neighborhood design with homes close to the street, sidewalks and smaller lots. These types of developments are still gaining in popularity, but at a slower rate than recent years most likely as the result of the overall economic challenges. Home exteriors with durability and low maintenance are also proving to be more popular in recent years. Billings at residential architecture firms remain weak, but remodeling activity showing an improvement. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2009 that focused on community and neighborhood design. "There is an extremely high level of inventories of unsold homes due to the prolonged downturn in the housing market," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "That element and the fact that home energy and transportation costs have risen in recent years has people rethinking living options. Demand for homes in urban centers with greater access to transportation, retail, commercial and employers has a tremendous appeal." Design strategy tailored towards access to public transportation and job centers helps reduce sprawl, dependence on automobiles, encourages sustainability and creates an overall more vibrant and healthy community. AIA Home Design Trends Survey highlights Popular Home Exteriors Features 2009 2008 Durable exterior materials 75% 73% Sustainable roofing 47% 62% Porches 53% 46% Windows (number and size) 26% 33% Tubular skylights 24% n/a Green roofs 21% n/a (% respond. report. popularity of feature "increasing" minus % report. "decreasing"; Q3) grace h kim aia, architect & cofounder schemata workshop | empowering communities through architecture 1720 12th ave #3 seattle wa 98122 v 206 285 1589 www.schemataworkshop.com <http://www.schemataworkshop.com/> Recipient of 2009 Mayor's Small Business Award
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