How can we build more affordable structures without segregating entire communities?
As people migrate from the highest densified cities to populate other states offering lower living expenses, cities struggle to amend their own zoning codes or to rezone the areas nearest to the urban sprawl. Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui from The Upshot in their latest publication, Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot , they expose an antiquated urban planning in some of the biggest cities around the U.S. where "it is illegal on 75 percent of the residential land... to build anything other than a detached single-family home". Aside from preventing densification, an efficient use of space, and a pedestrian connection to different services and spaces, it also isolates neighborhoods and prevents diversification within each.
Our still conceptual project, Beville Greens, will stand as a proof that even without certain zoning and code legislations, architects and builders can still fall within a given set of setbacks and open space requirements to build densely and community friendly. Beville Greens uses two parcels and sacrifices individual yard and square footage to build more compact houses that share a common green space. Thus, each house becomes more cost-efficient and the quality of the overall materials is higher, offering more marketable and environmentally responsible structures...