The Mercatus Center at George Washington University recently released a policy brief on solutions to statewide housing shortages, referencing Eliason’s writing on Point Access Blocks.
The policy brief, written by Mercatus’s Salim Furth and Emily Hamilton, features sixteen options for housing reform. The last option, ‘Option 16: Allow Skinny Apartment Buildings‘ is a direct reference to the reason Point Access Blocks in low-rise and mid-rise buildings are rare in the U.S. outside of Seattle and New York City.
The report references an article Larch Lab’s Eliason wrote for Treehugger in April 2021, ‘The Case for More Single Stair Buildings in the US.’
There are numerous benefits to Point Access Blocks, but unlocking small-scale low-rise and mid-rise multifamily housing – that can better incorporate climate adaptive architecture and a mix of unit sizes and types over status quo construction almost exclusively double loaded corridors – is a big one. You can read more about Point Access Blocks in our report on the topic for the City of Vancouver.
We are very much interested in expanding the discourse on housing, livability, and qualities of urbanity that are severely lacking in North American multifamily buildings. If you’re interested in discussing or collaborating on this issue, or other issues around decarbonized and family-friendly housing, please contact us.