Countdown to San Diego: Gain Insight into the Urban Landscape at Multi-Housing World

 With gas prices steadily on the rise once again, developers and architects alike are looking more closely at alternatives to new construction in the suburbs. The antidote to sprawl, urban infill development has served as a catalyst for the urban revitalization process nationwide.

Part of this process involves a closer examination of transit-oriented development. While the easy solution would be to simply place housing near public transportation, many urban areas are lacking in resources and funds. Around the country, the industry is asking how the market will affect the creation of new transit options that are meant to enable further transit-oriented development.

Also garnering interest is the adaptive reuse of existing—sometimes even historic—buildings from commercial to residential. Such projects are just one more example of building greener; as Patrick Turner, the developer of Silo Point in Baltimore, notes, adaptive reuse projects are often greener than the greenest of new projects, as reusing an existing building is inherently environmentally friendly. But these projects tend to come with their own set of challenges, often forcing project teams to weigh the costs against the benefits.

Take, for example, Turner’s project—an old grain elevator that was converted into a mixed-use community with 228 luxury condos. The development team not only had to convince the city to rezone the site so it could be converted into a residential use, but they also had to deal with myriad physical constraints associated with the old industrial site. (Click here for MHN’s article)

With similar challenges a concern in other adaptive reuse developments, how will the credit crisis even further impact multi-housing and mixed-use projects on the boards?

At Multi-Housing World, join a panel of architects, including Rick Hammann, managing principal of WDG Architecture; Mark Humphreys, CEO of Humphreys & Partners Architects LP; and Randy Gerner, principal at GKV Architects PC, for a discussion of the future of urban infill.

In a session entitled, “Repurposing the Urban Landscape: Infill Case Studies,” the panel will discuss where the upcoming opportunities are, how you can tap into public/private partnerships, and what the hottest design trends are that can help urban infill projects blend into the existing urban fabric while also ensuring maximum lease-ups

And don’t forget—you can earn one AIA HSW/SD credit by attending this course.

See you in San Diego, September 29-October 1!

Click here to see the full Multi-Housing World 2009 Leadership Summit conference schedule. Registration is now open.

(Erika Schnitzer is Associate Editor at Multi-Housing News. She can be reached at