Urban Sustainability and Smart Growth is the Goal of This Concept

 - Jul 9, 2014
References: tandfonline & fastcodesign
When it comes to urban sustainability and city planning, scholar Jake Weggman hopes backyard cottages will be the next big thing. Developed with Karen Chapple, the concept was recently published in the academic Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability in an article called Hidden Density in Single-Family Neighborhoods: Backyard Cottages as an Equitable Smart Growth Strategy.

The benefits of building individual micro-units on existing single family properties include being inexpensive and quick to construct, not taking up much space and suiting modern family dynamics (for example: live-in grandparents and recent grads). If this strategy is implemented on a large scale over time in a metropolitan area, the result could be smart growth.