Housing Typologies: Clusters, groupings and courtyards

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This piece explores a sample of housing formed around courtyards, into clusters, or otherwise composed as groups. This second of seven in our typologies series looks at the role of contemporary grouped forms of housing in urban and rural settings. Illustrated by mapping, photography and scale drawings, our aim is to show the linkage between design of the house and the place of which it forms a part.

The farm steading and urban court continue to provide models for composing and grouping contemporary housing. These are tried and tested adaptations to Scottish social, climatic and topographic conditions, whether in urban, coastal or rural contexts. Combining shelter and enclosure with common outdoor space; housing in clusters can contribute to meeting local policy objectives for townscape and sustainable design.

Here we illustrate built examples where architects and urban designers have sought to reconcile contemporary living with the wider roles and functions of the individual house that are integral to placemaking.

Part of the Key Placemaking Issues: Housing series of articles and documents.

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