Do you ever wonder why one community may look and feel completely different from another? Why its design doesn’t match with the rest of the city? The answer can usually be found in the history of urban planning and city design trends. For centuries, a rigid grid system was the most popular design for cities. A straightforward and efficient system, that largely ignored the typography of an area, and in Western Canada – was built to set the stage for the Canadian Pacific Railway. You can see this design clearly in Calgary’s oldest communities, such as Inglewood, Bridgeland and the downtown area. Although this design has advantages, after the industrial revolution some problems arose. With heavy industry throughout the city, many cities were facing terrible air pollution, safety and sanitation issues.
For those who wanted to live near the city, but with the country experience, new designs incorporated ideas from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City, where the residential area was separate from the business and industrial region of the town, and was characterized by prestigious large green spaces, pathways and large lots and lawns. The areas around and including Mount Royal were originally ‘garden cities’.
A few more designs and re-designs later, and the suburb was born. With its inclusive features, limited vehicle entry points and distance from city centre. The suburbs took cities by storm.
We now know that suburbs pose problems for cities. The expense of connecting these distant residential areas to utilities and roads and maintaining these utilities for long distances is costly. Even more modern suburbs in some cases, have been designed with too many parks and playgrounds which are under utilized, and are then taken down at the end of their life cycle. Not only are these suburbs costly, but commute times for those living in the suburbs can be frustrating and exasperating. The urban sprawl makes cities unnecessarily large, makes commuting a hassle, is inefficient and difficult to maintain.
One of the ways the City of Calgary is dealing with this issue is with creating “Transit Oriented Development”. In that, future suburbs are along major roads, and transit systems, and designed in a way to promote public transit use. The community of Tuscany has been designed in this way. Although this is an acceptable idea, it doesn’t deal with all of the communities we already have. There is a solution for this problem: infill homes.
Infill homes are a way of regenerating older neighbourhoods. Smaller, inefficient and outdated homes are demolished, and newer, larger homes are built in their place. These new homes use the space more effectively, have all the latest and best building designs and materials, and can offer the size of home that could be found in a suburb, in a more sustainable way. New built infills are a great way to increase living space in areas that are already developed, and in highly sought-after communities.
Infills improve city life in many ways. They reduce the amount and distance of vehicular travel, which relieves road rage but also promotes alternative modes of transport such as public transit, walking and biking. Infills can improve access to crucial services such as health care and emergency services. Infill homes not only bring people closer to the action, but they revitalize neighbourhoods, help create a livable inner city and can improve transportation systems, public health and preserve the environment.
Now with all that, welcome to the Infill Hub! Let us help you find the infill home of your dreams!
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