Design for Diversity: Exploring Socially Mixed by Emily Talen

By Emily Talen

The town is greater than only a sum of its constructions; it's the sum of its groups. the main profitable city groups are quite often those who are the main diversified - when it comes to source of revenue, age, kin constitution and ethnicity - and but terrible city layout and making plans can stifle the very range that makes groups profitable. simply as terrible city layout can result in sterile monoculture, winning making plans can help the stipulations wanted for varied groups. Emily Talen explores the linkage among city varieties and social variety, and the way one affects the opposite. studying the teachings from prior successes and screw ups, and construction from distinct case stories of alternative neighborhoods, layout for variety presents city designers and designers with layout recommendations and instruments to make sure that their paintings sustains and nurtures social range. * Explores the hyperlink among city shape and social variety * in accordance with distinctive experiences of socially varied neighbourhoods in towns * Outlines city layout innovations to help diversified groups

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Some have even been arguing against the need for school integration, believing that segregated schools need not be integrated, just equalized (Bell, 2004; Ogletree, 2004). Social homogeneity can be seen as empowering. In the 1960s, Black militants reacting against forced relocation under urban renewal ‘insisted that integration threatened the solidarity of the ghetto, that it was a device to divide and rule’ (Sarkissian, 1976, p. 242). Under current public housing programs, a similar reaction is occurring, and the placement of low-income groups in suburban, higher-income locations is seen as having the adverse affect of disrupting the social support systems that developed in public housing projects (Feldman and Stall, 2004).

DIVERSITY 23 the first to apply the principles of mass production and industrial efficiency to city form. Garnier’s plan boldly rejected past historical styles and offered a ‘machine-age community’ of hydro-electric plants, aerodomes, and highways, all strictly segregated according to function – building from street and pedestrian from vehicular traffic (LeGates and Stout, 1998, p. xxxi; see also Mumford, 2000). Panerai et al. (2004) argued that the gradual demise of the urban block, beginning with Haussmann, was rooted in ‘the principle of exclusion’ (p.

Infill development does not always address affordability problems, as one quantitative study of housing patterns across the US showed (Steinacker, 2003). A number of recent studies have focused on pro-active efforts at income mixing undertaken through government programs like the 28 THE ARGUMENT Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOPE VI and Section 8 housing programs (Schwartz and Tajbakhsh, 1997). Social diversity is promoted by either constructing new mixed-income housing developments (the HOPE VI program); by dispersing public housing in higher-income neighborhoods through scattered-site housing; or by giving section 8 vouchers so that tenants can rent housing in mixedincome neighborhoods.

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