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By Graham Towers

ISBN-10: 0750659025

ISBN-13: 9780750659024

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

With the expanding dedication to sustainable layout and with an ever-increasing call for for homes in city parts, housing layout has taken on a brand new and the most important function in city making plans. This advisor introduces the reader to the major points of housing layout, and descriptions the dialogue approximately shape and making plans of city housing. utilizing bankruptcy summaries and with many illustrations, it provides modern issues equivalent to strength effective layout and excessive density improvement in a transparent and available manner. It appears at useful layout ideas to actual city difficulties and contains suggestion on reclamation and re-use of constructions. The advice it provides is universally suitable. half of the booklet gains present case experiences that illustrate the simplest in excessive density, sustainable housing layout offering the reader with layout details, and layout proposal, for his or her personal tasks.

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The growing numbers of single-person households can be appropriately housed in urban flats. At the same time, family housing with gardens can be effectively developed at high densities in the inner cities. It is the purpose of this book to examine recent changes in urban housing, which may provide the basis for increased urban development as a viable alternative to relentless expansion into the open countryside. THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK This book does not aim to be a primer on housing design. There is a range of publications, which deal with basic design issues, space planning and domestic construction.

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. The changing economy makes many commercial and industrial buildings redundant.

Higher profits easily offset the greater costs involved. While a supply of ‘brownfield’ sites has been identified for a considerable period ahead there is no guarantee that it will continue indefinitely. However, economic change seems to be an accelerating process. With the cycle of change particular land uses frequently become redundant. 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.

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