Cottage Designs: Smaller is Good
2-5 PM, January 17, 2013 at NH Housing, 24 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH
New England is re-discovering the advantages of smaller living spaces because they are more affordable, more energy efficient and can preserve open space through better land use. In the 1950’s “starter homes” were under 1,000 square feet. Today, they have grown to more than 3,000 square feet with comparable increases in selling prices and energy costs. Renewed interest in the conveniences and social benefits of living in town has also prompted interest in smaller living spaces.
This workshop will provide detailed discussions about the cottage design movement. Lead presenters are:
Bob White, RLA landscape architect and co-founder of ORW Landscape Architects and Planners, White River Junction, VT
Bob’s project is a response to the emergency housing needs prompted by hurricane Irene. It combines better quality, affordable housing with the benefits of neighborhood design.
Kyle Barker, AIA principal of Barker Architects, Concord, NH
Jeff Taylor, JH Taylor and Associates, Concord, NH
Jeff and Kyle’s project is an urban infill design study that challenges the typical development patterns and focuses on maximizing open space and density with quality neighborhood design.
Their presentations and discussion will focus on the resurgence in compact building designs, its benefits, challenges, obstacles and examples of how it can happen throughout New England and particularly in town centers.
A networking reception will follow the program.
Continuing Education Credits are being pursued for AIA-NH, and AICP.