Recent societal changes have brought about renewed interest from architects, town planners, housing officials and the public in terraces and townhouses. The small footprint that this style of house occupies allows a sustainable high density approach to habitation, slowing sprawl and creating energy-efficient affordable living.
Townhouses have been used for hundreds of years, and their evolution is covered from their inception right up to the present day. With the changing demographics of buyers in mind, Avi Friedman details how the design of these houses can be adapted to keep-up with contemporary needs.
Friedman uses a systematic approach to cover the many facets of townhouses from interior design and construction methods, to urban planning issues like adjusting to the site’s natural conditions, street configurations and open spaces. This approach creates a book which will be a valuable resource for those involved in the planning, design and creation of terraced and town houses.
Over 150 detailed diagrams and plans, and eighty photos, illustrate the essential elements of this style of housing. In the final chapter, lessons learnt throughout the book are draw together in ten broad ranging case study projects, showing how the various aspects can be put into practice.
"Friedman’s book deserves to be read by architecture students with an interest in low-rise housing. This also goes for housing policy researchers who are interested in low-rise housing in a somewhat denser form. For non-architects, this book provides insights in architects’ motives for specific design decisions and might therefore stimulate a better understanding and collaboration between architects and policy-makers." - Kees Dol, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, International Journal of Housing Policy
"This book explores in details, using a systematic approach, the main elements of this style of housing. The book concluded with lessons learnt throughout this research, and demonstrates in ten wide ranging case studies how aspects of townhouses could be put into useful practice."— Lonaard, Issue 15, Volume 3, May 2013
1. Terms and Motives 2. Roots and Evolution 3. Forms and Prototypes 4. Interiors 5. Construction Methods, Utilities & Resources 6. Siting a Project 7. Circulation and Parking 8. Open Spaces 9. Infill Housing 10. Projects