More on walkable housing


Mark Fisher’s wife, Lucille, supplied this – When I was with Mark at the Mass Municipal show in January, I attended a workshop on creating walk-able communities for all ages sponsored by AARP.  Here is the link to some information:  http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/


Via that AARP link that she cites, one gets to the article below.  I like the scale of the “missing middle housing” below for the density I see at the Medfield State Hospital site, except for the most dense ones on the right, but I do see live/work space as needed.


Whole article here

Missing Middle Housing’

Between costly, cramped city apartments and oversized suburban McMansions, there’s … what? Here’s why mid-sized, walkable new housing disappeared and how we can get it back

An illustrated streetscape showing Missing Middle Housing

The range of Missing Middle Housing includes a variety of building types: duplexes, triplexes, courtyard apartments, bungalow courts, townhouses and more. — Illustration from Opticos Design, Inc.

Daniel Parolek has designed projects of all sizes. In New York, he worked with esteemed architect Robert A.M. Stern on homes for former Disney CEO Michael Eisner and rock star Jon Bon Jovi. He was part of the design team for the renovation of Anaheim’s baseball stadium, and he helped create a sprawling entertainment complex at Tokyo Disney.

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But the Berkeley, California, architect prefers and is best known for small-scale, multi-unit or clustered housing in livable, walkable, urban communities. Parolek has even coined a term to describe his compact concept: Missing Middle Housing.

“Missing Middle” can mean:

  • Carriage houses
  • Townhouses
  • Bungalows
  • Courtyard apartments
  • Side-by-side or stacked duplexes
  • Four plexes
  • Small multiplexes with five to 10 apartments or condos
  • Work/live units

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