One criticism that you will sometimes hear about development is that the construction of new housing can spur gentrification. The thinking, I think, is that when you create new market-rate housing, richer people will then move in and the area will begin (or continue) its… Read More
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Micro-housing experiment in San Diego’s Little Italy
San Diego-based Jonathan Segal is a unique kind of builder in that his firm doesn’t have any clients. They act as both the architect and developer for all of their projects. This gives them a lot of control over the building process, but also more… Read More
225 Brunswick Ave is yet another example of why the missing middle is so damn hard to deliver
Building buildings is really hard. It’s hard for countless reasons, but one reason in particular is that it can be difficult to please everyone. Take parking, for example. This is often a primary concern when you’re trying to develop something new. Too little parking and… Read More
More on Enhancement Zones — a follow-up to density transition zones
Architect Michael Spaziani left a great comment on yesterday’s post about density transition zones and the Enhancement Zone concept that was first proposed as part of the St. Clair West Avenue Study. You can read it by clicking here. Michael was part of the consultant… Read More
Home and Away: DesignAgency and Bestor Architecture
This past week I attended the “Home and Away” Lecture series at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Matt Davis (of DesignAgency here in Toronto) was the home. And Barbara Bestor (of Bestor Architecture in Los Angeles) was the away. Both have completed… Read More
We’re new here. Find your home.
A simple registration page is now live for our upcoming Junction House (condo) project. We also got this neat sign made: Of course, eventually there will be a full website, but this is for people who want to get on the early registrant list and… Read More
2720 Dundas Street West
If you’ve been in the Junction lately, you have probably noticed some activity at the location of our proposed Junction House. Here is a photo that I took this morning of 2720 Dundas Street West. (Sidebar: What an absolutely gorgeous summer day in Toronto.) We’re… Read More
Could high low-rise infill buildings work?
Dylan Reid recently wrote an interesting article about, what he calls, high low-rise infill buildings along Toronto’s main streets. He describes the typology in this way: “These are generally 4-storey mixed-use buildings built quickly on one or two lots, replacing smaller previous buildings. They are often… Read More
Case study: 9-unit infill rental development in DC
This is an interesting ULI case study about a 9-unit infill rental development in Washington, DC called Oslo (click here if you can’t see the video below): The units are a mix of 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom apartments. The target market is recent graduates and millennials… Read More
What do you think of parking stackers?
One of the things that’s becoming a lot more common in Toronto is parking stackers. For small infill sites there’s simply no other way to fit in the parking. You can’t lay out a traditional parking garage. But while it’s still relatively new for Toronto,… Read More