The Housing Design Handbook
A Guide to Good Practice
By David Levitt
Routledge – 2010 – 288 pages
How well have architects succeeded in building housing and what lessons can be learned from their triumphs and failures?
The Housing Design Handbook will give you a complete understanding of what makes successful housing design. Through the analysis of work by Levitt Bernstein and a wide range of other UK practices, it illustrates good design principles and accumulates a wealth of knowledge in a readily accessible format for the first time.
Written by a recognised authority in the field, the book provides:
David Levitt examines the ideas behind the schemes and assesses how successful and sustainable those ideas have proved, making this an essential reference for professionals and students practicing and studying the design and commissioning of housing.
Part 1: Built Form 1. Places That Get Better Over Time 2. Mixing Housing with other Uses 3. Terrace Housing and Layout 4. Flats: Their Configuration in Blocks, and How to Make a Flat the Home of Choice for Family Living 5. Internal Space: Guidance, Standards and Regulation 6. Private Open Space 7. Shared Amenities, Indoor Facilities and Outdoor Spaces 8. Security without Fortification 9. Privacy 10. Dealing with Cars Part 2: Social Issues 11. Mixing Tenures and Flexible Tenures 12. Tenure and Style 13. Designing in Flexibility Part 3: Technical Issues 14. Environmentally Sustainable Planning and Built Form 15. Sustainable Structures 16. Considering 'Cost in Use' at the Design Stage 17. Design for Sustainability. Glossary. Sources of Further Information. Index
David Levitt co-founded Levitt Bernstein architects in 1968. At the same time the two founding partners started what is now one of the largest charitable housing associations in south-east England. As the practice has grown to over 100 people the scope of its work has increased to include urban design and major regeneration projects as well as every kind of housing.
David Levitt has been involved in research on housing policy and standards and on family housing in high density urban situations. He is currently 'design champion' on the board of Catalyst Housing Group, a board member of Design for Homes, a member of the CABE Enabling Panel.