Michael Medick – Pockets of Community: Planning Smart, Building Small & Living Large

2019 International Builders' Show

February 21, 2019

Thursday, February 21 | 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Location: South 232

Format: Building Knowledge Session

Who Should Attend:
Land Development, Multifamily Builders and Developers, Designers, Architects, Engineers and Planners

Design & Community Planning

Michael Medick, KTGY Architecture + Planning, Tysons, Virginia
Xavier Iglesias, CNU, DPZ CoDesign, Miami, Florida

What It’s About:
This session highlights a mix of creative multi-unit solutions to bridge the gap in scale and density between single-family and multifamily, and brings together two current trends in home building and urban planning circles—the “missing-middle” and “pocket neighborhoods.” These small residential ensembles are more than the sum of their parts; they are unique examples of infill developments where small units and shared amenity spaces add value to both the new dwellings and existing nearby properties. Intricately combining and connecting townhouses, bungalows, courtyard homes and multi-plex units around landscaped enclosures, these communities go beyond providing housing and contribute to a more walkable, social context.

What You’ll Learn:
– Learn the application of urban design techniques to compact housing solutions.
– Understand the power of multi-unit development strategies to help navigate the often-contentious transitions from single-family to higher densities.
– Explore the adaptability of these pocket techniques to creatively address a wide range of market segments—from the cost-conscious to the affluent empty nest and second home buyer.
– Learn ways to rethink the concept of multifamily amenity features and spaces.