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Mixed Used Housing

Designing Mixed used spaces for a housing project has lately been recognized as crucial for creating vibrant, sustainable, and resilient communities,

It is often seen as a tool for Urban activation. It certainly enhances community engagement and social interaction amongst people. The interaction can lead to strong community bonds and a sense of belonging, reducing isolation.

In the continually growing urban environment, the concept of mixed-use housing has become an important strategy for accommodating an increasing population while maintaining the community spirit of neighborhoods.

Fig.1. dRMM concept sketch for Wick Lane, showing the integration of industrial workspace with homes

Mixed-use developments are essential for revitalizing urban areas and neglected neighborhoods. By repurposing existing structures or incorporating new ones, architecture and real estate firms play a crucial role in urban renewal initiatives, helping to breathe new life into declining city centres.

When talking about accessibilities, having mixed use developments can reduce the need for long commutes for people as all their needs the being fulfilled within a walkable distance.

Fig2. Mixed used activity

These developments offer numerous environmental, economic, social, and health benefits that can align with community priorities, such as promoting physical activity. Zoning regulations can help address land-use compatibility issues within mixed-use developments while accommodating multiple desirable destinations.

Case example: Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana, incorporated a variety of mixed-use strategies to encourage affordability.

The plan emphasizes connected community areas that are safe for pedestrians and bikers, which can increase levels of physical activity. Further, the plan identifies public engagement recommendations that consider transit options and design features, such as outdoor seating and wide sidewalks, that encourage active living.

Fig 3. Higgins Waterfront site, Missoula, Montana

Encouraging Active Lifestyles: Mixed-use developments can promote healthier living by creating spaces that facilitate walking, cycling, and other physical activities. The inclusion of parks, gyms, and recreational facilities makes it more convenient for residents to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

Fig 4. That great feeling you get from exercise, meditation, and eating healthy

Sustainability and Land Efficiency: Mixed-use developments optimize land use by integrating multiple functions within one area. This approach minimizes urban sprawl and the demand for extensive infrastructure, resulting in more sustainable and environmentally friendly urban planning.

Fig5. The plans for Chapeltown Cohousing

Overall, these developments can offer a variety of housing options at different price points, making them accessible to a wide range of income levels. This promotes social diversity and inclusivity, creating communities where people from different background thrive together.


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