Restoring the Missing Middle: Balancing Density and Scale in Urban Infill Housing


Faced with high land costs, zoning regulations, historic districts and strong community involvement, developers are using controversial methods of development such as micro-units, rowhouse pop-ups, and suburban sprawl to meet market demand. A lack of sustainable housing options has become a growing issue in American cities and suburbs. This panel focuses on how to meet the needs of housing supply and affordability in changing cities, using the Washington metro area as an example.
By leveraging scale, density, neighborhood amenities, proximity to mass transit, and the inclusion of more varied types of multi-unit housing – duplexes, garden apartments, and courtyard housing– middle housing typologies produce resilient communities.
To discuss the topic of middle housing and its positive impact on urban communities is a diverse panel: Nooni Reatig, AIA, a principal at Suzane Reatig Architecture, whose firm has completed more than 25 mid-scale infill projects in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington; Amanda Kolson Hurley, journalist and recent winner of the Sarah Booth Conroy prize for architectural journalism has written extensively about the “missing middle” for Next City, a quarterly and non-profit organization dedicated to urban change; and David Cristeal, Arlington County Housing Director, whose track record working successfully with community members and county partners has helped Arlington preserve and build an impressive array of affordable housing.
The “missing middle” is a term coined by architect and urban planner Daniel Parolek as multi-unit housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help to meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.

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