Lanefab / 'fabLab: Commercial Lane Row Housing - oct 2013

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Commerical-Lane Row-Housing

Commercial lanes in Vancouver represent an opportunity to re-think and adapt the city's popular laneway house guidelines.

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Lanefab / 'fabLab: Commercial Lane Row Housing - oct 2013

  1. 1. Laneway Housing: Past / Present / Future Commercial Lane Row Housing ‘fabLab - October 2013
  2. 2. Laneway Housing – Past / Present / Future
  3. 3. Laneway housing in Vancouver dates back to the early 20th century. ‘Coach houses’ ‘Carriage houses’
  4. 4. The LWH design guidelines echo the idea of the pastoral ‘cottage’… Vancouver’s current laneway house policy started in 2009. LWHs are meant to fit within the footprint of a typical detached garage, with a smaller upper storey.
  5. 5. Many older cities have a very different approach to lanes…
  6. 6. Laneway Housing – Past / Present / Future
  7. 7. photo: krista jahnke
  8. 8. photo: tordia images
  9. 9. Laneway Housing – Past / Present / Future
  10. 10. The future: • Climate Change Impacts • Resource Scarcity • Rapid urbanization and migration • Global population growth (until 2070?)
  11. 11. Is the pastoral cottage the right model for the future of our cities?
  12. 12. One alternative common to many older cities: Row Housing (Amsterdam Docklands)
  13. 13. Emerging Trend: Super efficient ‘Passive House’ design
  14. 14. Emerging Trend: Lanes as dynamic public spaces (Melbourne)
  15. 15. The Opportunity: Vancouver’s Commercial Lanes In the city’s commercial lanes higher density arterial development shares common space with residential lots
  16. 16. The Opportunity: Vancouver’s Commercial Lanes In the city’s commercial lanes higher density arterial development shares common space with residential lots Of all the places in the city where LWHs are allowed, these could be home to a more urban approach to lane house design
  17. 17. What if we brought Amsterdam-style row houses to our commercial lanes?
  18. 18. What if we brought Amsterdam-style row houses to our commercial lanes? And layered in Melbourne-style public spaces?
  19. 19. What if we brought Amsterdam-style row houses to our commercial lanes? And layered in Melbourne-style public spaces? Housing, public space, commercial functions layered together. Future-ready urbanism. The Commercial Lane Row House
  20. 20. Laneway Housing – Past / Present / Future www.lanefab.com bryn@lanefab.com 604.728.0606

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