An introduction to urban housing design : at home in the by Graham Towers

By Graham Towers

This transparent and concise consultant is the right creation to modern housing layout for college students and execs of structure, city layout and planning.

With the expanding dedication to sustainable layout and with an ever-increasing call for for homes in city components, housing layout has taken on a brand new and an important function in city making plans. This consultant introduces the reader to the main facets of housing layout, and descriptions the dialogue approximately shape and making plans of city housing. utilizing bankruptcy summaries and with many illustrations, it offers modern issues corresponding to strength effective layout and excessive density improvement in a transparent and available approach. It appears to be like at sensible layout options to actual city difficulties and contains recommendation on reclamation and re-use of constructions. The information it offers is universally correct. half of the ebook good points present case stories that illustrate the easiest in excessive density, sustainable housing layout delivering the reader with layout details, and layout thought, for his or her personal tasks.

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A good proportion of these buildings can be successfully converted into housing. 4 Unused built space. In many town and city centres there is considerable unused space over shops and other commercial premises. Bringing this into use not only creates new housing but also intensifies occupation of urban centres and reduces the need for transport. 6 Kings Cross Railway Land. 6). This operational use ceased more than 30 years ago and there followed a long saga of indecision about the future of the 50 hectares of land.

The reuse of existing buildings is a key facet of conservation. The reclamation of built space is addressed in Chapter 6. To combat the effects of 14 INTRODUCTION climate change there is a clear need to improve the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock. There is a good deal that can be done in occupied homes but there are greater opportunities in housing which is empty, run-down or undesirable. Much older housing and large parts of the stock of the multi-storey estates can be renovated and converted to more manageable forms.

In the National Land Use Database survey almost 25 per cent of derelict sites were ‘new’ and had not been identified in a similar study 4 years earlier. The experience of the past availability of ‘windfall’ sites suggests that this is a process which will continue in the future. The supply of urban land for development seems assured, particularly if it is used more efficiently than in the past. KEY POINTS There is a recognised need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to limit climate changes caused by global warming.

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