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Mixed-use housing trend increases

Infill development, home technology options also climb

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Community design trends that integrate more mixed-use type of development are increasing, as well as home technology such as wireless telecommunication, according to a survey from the American Institute of Architects. "To combat the isolation caused by distant residential construction and to increase accessibility for households, we are seeing a strong increase in community design trends that are integrating more activities into housing development," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA. In addition to mixed-use development strategies, Banker said, 63 percent of surveyed residential architecture firms reported that infill development – where smaller land parcels closer to urban centers are targeted for development – is also increasing. The third-quarter Home Design Trends Survey examined neighborhood and community design strategies, as well as technology options for homeowners. Highlights of the survey include: Under neighborhood planning strate...