Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book

by Edward Steinfeld and Jonathan White

Required reading for: IDEA206


Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book is an invaluable resource for designing communities that accommodate social diversity and provide equitable opportunities for all residents. It focuses on housing that provides access to people with disabilities while benefiting all residents and that incorporates inclusive design practices into neighborhood and housing designs without compromising other important design goals.

Emphasizing urban patterns of neighborhood development, the practices outlined here are useful for application to all kinds of housing in all types of neighborhoods. The book addresses trends that have widespread significance in the residential construction market and demonstrates that accessible housing design is compatible with the goals of developing livable and healthy neighborhoods, reducing urban sprawl, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and ensuring that the benefits of thoughtful urban design are equitably distributed.

Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book recognizes that to achieve the goals of urbanism, we must consider the total picture. The house must fit on the lot; the lot must fit in the block; and the block must fit with the character of the neighborhood. Its context-sensitive approach uses examples that cover a wide range of housing types, styles, and development densities. Rather than present stock solutions that ignore the context of real projects and design goals, it explores how accessibility can be achieved in different types of neighborhoods and housing forms, all with the goal of achieving high-quality urban places.

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Inclusive Housing: A Pattern Book


Edward Steinfeld and Jonathan White

Year Published



W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.

Publication City

New York



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