GROWING URBAN HABITATS
It is clear that the most important issue we need to question is housing and its relationship to the urbanism it occupies. Conventional ideas in housing- government, financial, and academic instituations, for example- generally define it as an equation, a number. In the same way, density has been understood solely in terms of building size and mass. Both concepts need to be redefined as sets of relationshps within a broader framework to promote new types of density and land uses. Housing and density need to be seen not as an amount of units but as dwelling in relationship to the larger infrastructure of the city, which includes, transportation, ecological networks, the politics and economics of the land use, and particular cultural idiosyncrasies of place."
Teddy Cruz, Architect, Urban Acupuncture, Residential Architect ONLINE, January 2005.