Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing
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Not that there hadn’t been other individuals striking similar blows. In the 1970s, artists moved—illegally—into empty or nearly empty manufacturing lofts in New York, turning the buildings’ high-ceilinged, wide-open interiors into spaces where painters and sculptors could both live and work.
But that was an improvisational operation. The artists in the cast-iron-fronted buildings of SoHo tolerated a lot of discomfort in return for gaining cheap, flexible cubic footage.
Tom Dolan has created spaces for artists, but he’s also fashioned live-work structures for all sorts of other people—individuals, couples, and families who saw the practical advantages of being in one location for most of the hours of the day. Live-Work Planning and Design presents what he’s learned from 27 years as an architect of these mixed-use buildings, primarily in California and the southeastern US.
New Urbanism finds virtue in mixed-use at the neighborhood scale; Dolan brings that sensibility down to the individual building. In this generously illustrated