Density with Variety

David Baker Architects latest public housing project in Oakland, California shows that high-density living can be attractive and feature a variety of housing types, writes Allison Arieff.

Arieff writes that "[d]ense urban areas don't have to be all highrises. With a mix of housing types, Oakland, California's new Tassafaronga Village contains 33 dwellings per acre, making it five times as dense as the average American City."

Baker explains that when he approaches a project where the goal is to achieve a dense, urban development, he eschews the standard measure of "dwelling units per acre":

"The San Francisco-based architect opts instead for 'people per square mile,' a concept he was first was exposed to by a Canadian landscape architecture professor who presented various green districts in British Columbia."

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Comments

Comments

Good Urbanism, Faceless Architecture

The density is good, and the urbanism looks good, based on what I can see from the pictures, but the buildings are bare and faceless.

They look like the sort of bare boxes that were a popular design for California apartment buildings in the 1960s.

North Beach has higher density and much more attractive architecture.

Charles Siegel

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