Metropolis Magazine

Urbanism from Within receives special mention in Metropolis Magazine!

Urbanism from Within, a joint project lead by CCA’s Urban Works Agency in collaboration with the San Francisco Planning Department and SPUR receives a special mention in Metropolis Magazine’s review of the Designing Affordability Exhibition, currently on display at the Center for Architecture in New York.

“But the most innovative project is Urbanism from Within, by California College of the Arts, which studies a number of strategies for reformatting the interiors of existing Victorian houses in San Francisco to create “in-law units.” Some of these include retrofitting garages to create high-ceilinged ground-floor apartments, maximizing the usage of gable spaces, and adding new street access to upper stories. These schemes are effective in spite of San Francisco’s almost impossibly restrictive zoning and development regulations. Working from the inside out seems like one of the most commonsense and least disruptive approaches for achieving a greater number of affordable housing units without destroying and replacing swatches of a well-loved urban fabric, particularly in dense neighborhoods.” — A.J.P. Artemel

Read the whole article here

Designing Affordability will be on display until January 2016