May 14, 2014

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

How L.A. Designed Simple Kits That Let You 'Make-Your-Own' Park

(RECAP: The initiative, dubbed "People St," seeks to fast-track applications from community groups to convert streets into public spaces for one year, with pre-approved design options.)
(Re-read our Parklets Plant Themselves in Public Places post from last year to see how Richmond's parklet experiment went.)

Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House To Make Public Debut

(RECAP: Decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House in Rockford, Ill. was designed to be appreciated aesthetically from a seated position and included switches and built-in desks as well as other features and furnishings, all accommodating an individual in a wheelchair.)

Five Strategies for Engaging Residents on Sustainability

(RECAP: New affordable housing can be decked out with all of the latest green innovations as well as energy-efficient and water-conserving features, but maintaining a green development after construction takes additional work from property managers and residents.)

NeighborWorks in Rural America

(RECAP: NeighborWorks Rural Initiative, formed in 2000, focuses on building the capacity of rural community development organizations in the areas of housing and economic development activities. The initiative advocates a mixed market approach to strengthen communities with smaller populations by integrating them within larger regional economies.)

Why boomers are retiring to college

(RECAP: Many older Americans are trading the leisure circuit for the college campus in retirement. By moving close to a university, seniors are primed to get what studies show they want: “They want active, they want intellectually stimulating, and they want intergenerational retirement environments.”)

Charlottesville Ecovillage: Housing development centered on people, earth

(RECAP: In the typical co-housing model, often used by ecovillages, land is owned in common and individual units are owned by individuals. This ecovillage group already has begun conversations with area organizations, such as the Piedmont Housing Alliance, that may offer financial assistance to qualifying candidates.)

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