Big builder Shea Homes City Lights apartment complex in Southern California is different. Most notably, the site contains a centralized parking structure around which the housing wraps like a square doughnut. Pedestrian bridges link the parking structure to units on all four levels, and in all four directions. This innovation frees the rest of the design from traditional car-related constraints, allowing for anything from courtyard design to small, pedestrian-only streets. The result: a model for dense (50-units-per-acre) housing more appealing to the middle class. Could this and related projects be the key to injecting higher-density projects into the mainstream?
Thanks to David Gest