EMERGING TRENDS IN MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
The goals for Mixed-Use developments are constantly evolving, creating new trends in architectural, landscape and infrastructure design guidelines. As architects and designers, we play an instrumental role in translating research and its subsequent recommendations into places / environments designed to serve business, commerce, retail, commercial and residential purposes.
Emerging trends include:
- Sustainable Development: a strong sustainable development and urban place-making strategy that focuses on three elements:
- carbon reduction/absorption
- green construction technologies
- water retention/recycling
- A Focus on Community: Mixed-Use developments offer residents and tenants the ability to engage in cultural activities as an integral part of daily life. The modern mixed-use development offers a contemporary character, yet ombined with traditional regional touches. This merger creates creates a holistic sense of place for the community.
- Walkability: This is an important aspect of any mixed-use development. Pedestrian links at the plaza level and sometimes below grade should be carefully designed to connect all of the retail, parking and commercial business zones. Districts will should be designed to maximize opportunities for walking and transit use through mixed-use and pedestrian-oriented planning.
DEFAULTING TO MINDFULNESS
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- Welsh novelist Sarah Waters sums it up eloquently
- In their classic book, Creativity in Business, based on a popular course they co-taught
- Novelist and screenwriter Steven Pressfield
That immediately brought to mind one of my fondest memories, involving my daughter when she was just a toddler of one.