American Study tour - medium-density housing

Like us, pacific rim cities in America face seismic challenges, have ageing populations and have shortages of affordable housing, what can learn from them?

Sarah Collins, Senior principal and landscape architect, recently returned from a Boffa Miskell-assisted study tour of medium density housing in the North American cities of Victoria, Seattle and Portland.

The tour group, from New Zealand, included representatives from central and local government, the private sector and the tour organiser, Beacon Pathway.

Sarah says the group saw a range of 35 medium-density developments incorporating low impact stormwater management, public open space, community centres and community gardens.

“The opportunity to bring case study experience back to New Zealand was invaluable, especially given the similarities. Like us, these Pacific rim cities face seismic challenges, have ageing populations and have shortages of affordable housing.

“We saw medium density developments that delivered successful and sustainable neighbourhoods at higher densities, verifying housing intensification strategies currently being developed in New Zealand.”

For further information please contact Sarah Collins

31 July 2013