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In-Between Density : Distributing the Domestic in Single-Family Neighbourhoods Sikora, Julie

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Within a North American context, ‘single-family’ neighbourhoods have set limits on urban centres, restricting their ability to densify and adapt to new urban conditions. While single-family housing development was a common form of accommodating a rapid increase in population, today’s extremely high land values, previous housing practices and it’s subsequent urban policies have created a divide between classes and generations. The single family home is facilitating this divide, and neglects the evolving cultural values and needs of urban places. This project proposes a new strategy for the future development of Delamont park, a block of 22 city owned houses located along the Arbutus Greenway in Vancouver’s Kitsilano Neighbourhood. Creating a connection within the neighbourhood to the rest of the city, through proposed pathways and a focus on semi-public gradients of interstitial spaces, the range of design interventions investigates how citizens will continue to inhabit the house while making room for new forms of density. Through the proposed re-development of Delamont Park, this project intends to understand the ‘single-family’ home not simply as an object and an ideal, but rather as a dynamic element in the city that shifts expectations as to how we occupy neighbourhoods and co-exist as diverse groups of people.

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