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Diversity of type is the appropriate integration of different uses and dwelling types within a block. This diversity of type and size should occur on a block level rather than a neighborhood level. As a result, the diversity of type will encourage diversity in others areas such as a broader user and inhabitant mix, thus fostering a more authentic and true community.


Utilize different building types and sizes to avoid homogenous blocks.

Consider growth on lot or block with secondary units (infill/mother-in-law).

Consider overall project unit mix and its’ relationship to the existing neighborhood mix.


Flexible lot lines or platting process.

Understand desired ownership models

Understand parking requirements and configurations.

Develop the appropriate selection of flexible plans.

Consider functional requirements for added growth/density and plan appropriately for it.

Diversity of Type Applications


The large Mansion House typology is a very versatile component to include in a block composition. This type is able to meet a variety of different needs and functions from multi-family dwelling units to commercial or office space.


The importance of diversity on a block level is crucial to the overall success of a neighborhood. The ability to be diverse at a lot level is valuable as well because it allows the owner a variety of ways to create income on each lot. The image above illustrates how an urban house can be combined to a small workshop or outbuilding adding not only a mix of uses, but a mix of occupants as well.


The integration of small outbuildings is essential to creating a truly diverse block or neighborhood. This allows for a more affordable unit type to be incorporated into the typical block fabric. Not only does this provide housing opportunities but it meets the demands of home office or business opportunities as well. Designing with this diversity in mind is essential to the creation of a successful community.

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