Context Resources for MultiFamily Living Spaces

Living Spaces:   MultiFamily   Student   Military   Correctional   Medical   SingleFamily
Composite Communities:  Upscale   Mainstay   Working   Country   Aspiring   Urban

Selected Context Resources for  MultiFamily Living Spaces

Each of the six multifamily living spaces offers a unique living situation.  Below are non-religious resources that describe and discuss multifamily living contexts.

 
Fortress America: gated communities in the United States
by Edward J. Blakely and Mary Gail Snyde

"Well-grounded in the social science literature on community, FORTRESS AMERICA is a frightening book, a mustread for all those interested in our nation's cities, suburbs, neighborhoods, and communities. Blakely and Snyder take the reader on a well-crafted and lively tour of gated communities in the United States." — Society "required reading for the anti-gate set." —Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 5/28/2002

 
Multi-owned Housing
by Sarah Blandy, Ann Dupuis, Jennifer Dixon

This book is an international, interdisciplinary, edited collection which addresses the issues raised by multi-owned residential developments, now established as a major form of housing throughout the world. The authors, and editors, represent the disciplines which have most to offer such a study: planning, sociology and law. The book aims to theorise the complexities of planning, developing, managing, and living in this type of housing, by drawing on concepts of governance and power. The contributors are all recognised as leading academics in their fields. Chapters will be based on new empirical work carried out by the authors. The book covers the main common law jurisdictions: the UK, Australia/NZ, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. The analysis will benefit from looking across at the practices and problems encountered in countries with a similar legal framework, but with different social and political contexts. The book is the first comparative study of this type of housing, and the first to take a coherent theoretical approach. The analytical framework, exploring the shifts of power which occur at critical legal events in the lifetime of a multi-owned housing development, will provide a common underpinning for the chapters. Conclusions will be reached on what this means for the key actors involved: developer, managing agent and residents; and larger issues will also be addressed, including environmental sustainability and the role of the state in regulating this kind of housing development.

 
Intown Living: A Different American Dream
by Ann Breen and Dick Rigby; maps by Diane Charyk Norris and Charles Norri

The American dream of a single family home on its own lot is still strong, but a different dream of living and prospering in a major city is beginning to take hold. After decades of abandonment by the middle class, a detectable number of people are moving into urban downtown areas. The Intown Living phenomenon is generally powered by people under the age of 40 who are seeking more stimulation than offered in the typical subdivision lifestyle. This book encourages cities and the private development community to team up and expand central city housing opportunities and illustrates the upside of Intown Living to those considering moving to a city. This unique work provides current data on who is buying intown, at what prices, and in what size apartments and condominiums. This piece serves as a firsthand account of what is happening in today's cities and why. It gives details about the financial and programmatic incentives needed to make Intown Living happen, and why they are necessary. Includes 10 detailed maps and an in-depth look at the cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, B.C.

 
Living Together: multi-family housing today
by Michael J. Crosbie

A interesting portrayal of communal housing in the US and Canada that successfully blends community living with aesthetics. Today, more than ever, multi-family housing is recognised as vital to modern, urban communities. This type of housing requires immense dexterity from an architectural perspective, because while promoting a sense of community living, a sense of aesthetics must also prevail. Michael J. Crosbie has selected more than 45 remarkable examples of multi-family housing for this handsome book. Accompanied by descriptive text and vivid colour photography, these projects speak volumes for the fact that multi-family housing need not be monotonous, repetitive structures, but can indeed be visually and aesthetically pleasing, fostering a delightful sense of community. The book complements Crosbie's earlier book on multi-family living, as well as many other titles also published by IMAGES, including Houses of God and Architecture for the Gods, Architecture for Justice, and Architecture for the Books. His reputation as an author architect and educator is unparalleled in the USA and Europe.

 
Multi-Family Housing: the art of sharing
by Michael J. Crosbie

Multi-family housing is acknowledged as a complex residential building type. The architect's design must foster a sense of comunity in an urban setting, while also accommodating the need for a resident's individual space. This new volume documents more than 30 multi-family housing projects from around North America in full-colour photography accompanied by descriptive text. These multi-family projects represent some of the latest design trends in high-density living.

 
The Senior Cohousing Handbook, 2nd Edition: A Community Approach to Independent Living
by Charles Durrett

"As a Baby Boomer, I've joked for a few years that we'll all end up living communally again because Social Security will be broke...This is one of the better ways to envision it."--Sacramento Bee No matter how rich life is in youth and middle age, the elder years can bring on increasing isolation and loneliness as social connections lessen, especially if friends and family members move away. Senior cohousing fills a niche for this demographic: the healthy, educated, and proactive adults who want to live in a social and environmentally vibrant community. These seniors are already wanting to ward off the aging process, so they are unlikely to want to live in assisted housing. Senior cohousing revolves around custom-built neighborhoods organized by the seniors themselves in order to fit in with their real needs, wants, and aspirations for health, longevity, and quality of life. Senior Cohousing is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project, written by the US leader in the field. The author deals with all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including: Better physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health Friendships and accessible social contact Safety and security Affordability Shared resources Successful aging requires control of one's life, and today's generation of seniors "the baby boomers" will find that this book holds a compelling vision for their future. Charles Durrett is a principal at McCamant & Durrett in Nevada City, California, a firm that specializes in affordable cohousing. He co-authored the groundbreaking Cohousing with his wife and business partner, Kathryn McCamant.

 
Community: Pursuing the Dream, Living the Reality
by Suzanne Keller

This book tells the story of how a human community comes to be and how aspirations for the good life confront the dilemmas and detours of real life. Suzanne Keller combines penetrating analysis of classic ideas about community with a remarkable and unprecedented thirty-year case study of one of the first "planned unit developments" in America and the first in New Jersey. Twin Rivers, this pioneering venture, featured townhouses and shared spaces for children's play and adult work and play in a society that stresses individual over collective goals and private over public concerns. Hence the timeless questions asked over millennia: How does an aggregate of strangers create an identity of place, shared goals, viable institutions, and a spirit of mutuality and reciprocity? What obstacles stand in the way and how are these overcome? And how does design generate (or deter) community spirit? Inspired by the legacy of Plato, Rousseau, de Tocqueville, and Tonnies, Keller traces the difficult birth and the rich unfolding of Twin Rivers from a former potato field into a vibrant contemporary community. Most community studies remain at a highly descriptive level. This book has both broader and deeper aims, endeavoring to develop principles of the common life as we enter the age of cyberspace.Keller reveals the community of Twin Rivers through a multidimensional social microscope, having monitored the community from the day it opened by participant observation, attitude surveys, the study of collective records, and nearly 1,000 in-depth interviews with homeowners. She offers fascinating insight into how residents maintain privacy, relate to neighbors, cope with social conflict, and develop ideas about the common good. She shows that Twin Rivers residents remain hopeful about the possibility of community despite variable success in achieving their desires. Indeed, she argues that the hard-won experience, more than the utopian ideal, is the true measure of community.Keller concludes that, despite the homogenizing effects of mass communication and globalization, local communities will continue to proliferate in the foreseeable future--due to changing lifestyles and the continuing quest for roots. This important and engaging book will be appreciated by social scientists, architects, physical planners, developers and lenders, and community leaders as well as by the general reader interested in creating a bridge between individualism and community.

 
High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century
by Matthew Lasner

Today, one in five homeowners in American cities and suburbs lives in a multifamily home rather than a single-family dwelling. As the American dream evolves, precipitated by declining real estate prices and a renewed interest in city living, many predict that condos will become the predominant form of housing in the 21st century. In this unprecedented study Matthew Gordon Lasner explores the history of co-owned multifamily housing in the United States, from New York City's first co-op, in 1881, to contemporary condo and townhouse complexes coast to coast. Lasner explains the complicated social, economic, and political factors that have increased demand for this way of living, situating the trend within the larger housing market and broad shifts in residential architecture. He contrasts the prevalence and popularity of condos, townhouses, and other privately governed communities with their ambiguous economic, legal, and social standing, as well as their striking absence from urban and architectural history.

 
Behind the gates: life, security, and the pursuit of happiness in fortress America
by Setha Low

"Provocative and disturbing, this much-needed book holds up an unsparing mirror to an unsettling sign of our times." - The New York Times