The design of multiple-family housing developments must balance social and environmental sensitivity with economic efficiency. Even with the sites most constrained by regulations or a tight budget, the landscape can be designed to bring color, texture, fragrance, scale, seasonal change, sunlight and shade, and joy and dignity into the lives of the residents.
People live in homes, not in housing. Clearly distinguishable outdoor spaces, whether private or in common, create defensible personal space and encourage social interaction among the residents. A proper balance allows residents to invest themselves in their homes and community.
Terraces, courtyards, plazas, play areas, building entries, street frontages, and other outdoor spaces must be designed to withstand heavy use while supporting environmental goals. Durable materials and lush plantings, simply but handsomely detailed, are essential to support these spaces.
Successfully completed projects include the following:
• senior housing (subsidized low-income)
• family housing (subsidized low-income)
• SRO & special-needs housing
• transitional homeless housing
• market-rate infill apartments & condominiums
• market-rate single-family detached housing