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Car-free housing

Car-free housing was much-discussed in the 1990s as a way of encouraging "green" lifestyles, reducing the environmental and other impacts of the car, and achieving high housing densities without sacrificing open space standards. The advent of car clubs (shared cars) provided an added stimulus to the concept. This album provides some examples of car-free housing in the UK, Germany and Netherlands.

Westerpark carfree housing model, with the movers and shakers. Left to right: Robert Leferink, Martin Tonnes, (?), Michael Glotz-Richter (Bremen), Ms Karamarka (Westerpark)

Westerpark carfree housing model, w…

Westerpark carfree housing site, Amsterdam, showing old waterworks tower and buildings, now incorporated into the scheme. (Taken September 1995)

Westerpark carfree housing site, Am…

Westerpark carfree housing, Amsterdam. Model of scheme, 1994. Note the old buildings and watertower retained. In the foreground is a block designed to act as a noise barrier between the housing scheme and the railway.

Westerpark carfree housing, Amsterd…

Slateford Green car-free housing, Edinburgh. Provision of parking spaces only for car-club cars at the entrance to the scheme. 120 homes for Dunedin Canmore Housing Association Ltd. Scheme completed in 2000 (Taken 1999)

Slateford Green car-free housing, E…

Tübingen, Germany. Fronzosisches former barracks area has been transpormed into a mixed use area with car-reduced housing and shop, office and workshop space on the ground floor. There is plenty of cycle parking provision.

Tübingen, Germany. Fronzosisches fo…

Car-reduced housing, Tübingen, Germany. The area is Franzosisches, a former barracks. Internal courtyards are semi-private and provide play areas.

Car-reduced housing, Tübingen, Germ…

Camden, London. Carfree housing at Stukely Street, WC2

Camden, London. Carfree housing at …

Westerpark, Amsterdam. Car free housing and mixed use on the site of a former waterworks. A car club is available, but residents do not own cars.

Westerpark, Amsterdam. Car free hou…

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