Urbanarium Missing Middle Competition
"Micro-Op"

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Increasing affordable housing in Metro Vancouver requires the provision of additional units that break away from existing models of development and financing, while shifting the culture around tenure and ownership.

We propose a zoning amendment for the ‘buffer zones’ - the first three blocks flanking arterials - between mixed use / commercial zones and single family neighbourhoods.

Signalling the residential renewal that will help affordably house future generations, zone “R5-R” would specifically address the land value speculation that has arisen along with densification. In order to ease the transition of R5 zones, guidelines would cultivate a new typology that can both co-exist with detached homes, and form a cohesive community after propagation.

Awards: Grand Prize, Planner's Prize

Special thanks to Dale McClanaghan, Theunis Snyman, Desmond Cooper

Competition Website

Feature article in the Globe & Mail