GROWING URBAN HABITATS

GROWING URBAN HABITATS

Mid-density Green Affordable Housing Models

The work of this seminar will build on material generated by the Urban Habitats international design competition, held in Charlottesville, Virginia 2005. The competition goal for was to generate new models for medium density green affordable housing, to develop new housing for existing residents of residents of Sunrise Trailer Park and provide new units for working middle-income families. This project builds upon more extensive research work that I have been involved with for last two years in new housing models.

The work of the seminar will be woven into a book and website called, Growing Urban Habitats. I am in the process of researching and writing the chapters, with my co-author, Katie Swenson. The book project is a joint effort with the Charlottesville Community Design Center. Katie is the centerŐs director. We have received two grants to publish the book. They are from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation. The audience for the book will be affiliates of Habitat for Humanity and other not for and for profit housing developers, architects/landscape architects, and citizens.

The seminar will explore historic and new case studies from which we will develop planning, and design principles for each chapter. If possible, we will like make a Saturday field trip to Washington D.C. to visit a project in Takoma Park, designed and developed by a UVA architecture graduate, Russell Katz.