Attacking the Setbacks of Suburbia

Canada's suburbs don't have to be a problem, according to architect Drew Adams, who proposes a plan to densify them by developing unused space.

The Toronto Star's architecture critic Christopher Hume takes a look at Adams' idea.

"It's unlikely suburbanites would take kindly to Adams' suggestions, but that hasn't stopped him. His thesis, completed just months ago, proposes a series of moves that would transform the face of suburbia. The most contentious is probably a rezoning that would allow a new layer of housing in spaces now occupied by front yards.

'Front setback policies create a lot of space that is never used,' Adams says. 'These allowances are really problematic.'"

Full Story: Hume: An architect’s vision for high-density suburbs


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