Item 2018-09-07/252 - Restoring Community Through Traditional Neighborhood Design: A Case Study of Diggs Town Public Housing

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Restoring Community Through Traditional Neighborhood Design: A Case Study of Diggs Town Public Housing

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Raymond L. Gindroz, a co-founder and principal emeritus of Urban Design Associates (UDA), has pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods, downtowns and regional plan. Gindroz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a diploma from Centro per gli Studi di Architettura, A. Palladio, Vicenza, Italy. He received the John Stewardson Award and a Fulbright Grant for study in Italy early in his career and continues to travel extensively to sketch and study urban space.

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This paper examines how traditional neighborhood design (TND) can restore a sense of community. Using case study of Diggs Town, a public Housing project in Norfolk, VA, we explore how the application of TND principles transformed a socially alienated and distressed neighborhood into a socially integrated and functional one.

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Article published in Housing Policy Debate. V9, N1. 1998 89-114

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