Town and Terraced Housing

Town and Terraced Housing

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qRecent societal changes brought about renewed interest by architects, town planners and housing officials in terraced and row homes. This prototype whose origins date back several centuries offers relevant solutions to contemporary challenges. Chief among these challenges is a need to adopt sustainable approaches to the planning of neighbourhood and the design of dwellings. These homes built in higher densities help halt urban sprawl with its many negative traits and also contribute to the reduction of materials used in their construction, and once occupied - to their energy efficiency. Another aspect that occupies both housing providers and consumers is affordability. It has become highly difficult for first time homebuyers to purchase a dwelling in most urban centres. Due to their physical characteristics these narrow-frontage homes reduce the amount of land consumed and investments in costly infrastructure which makes them affordable. Society's rapidly changing demographic make-up is another trend which renewed interest in this prototype. There are more singles, single parents and childless couples who wish to reside in a ground-related dwelling rather than in an apartment. Over the years, the row or terraced home maintained its appeal by offering privacy and green yards in dense configuration. New challenges have given them renewed importance which makes this book on their design and planning highly relevantq--Nebraska Energy Office (2007) Minimizing the Use of Lumber Products in Residential Construction, retrieved from: ... (2003) Roof Construction Manual: Pitched Roofs, Boston: BirkhAcuser. Southworth, M. (1997) a€œ Walkableanbsp;...

Title:Town and Terraced Housing
Author: Avi Friedman
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-06-25

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