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The Type V City: Codifying Urban Material Inequity
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The Type V City: Codifying Urban Material Inequity (Paperback)

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Early American city builders developed material regulations that define where and when specific building materials can be used based on a singular urban risk, conflagration. Over the next century, building codes translated fire protection goals into rules addressing vulnerabilities at the building scale - including occupancy, building height, and property line proximity - to define the range of allowable building materials in specific locations. The resulting 'Construction Types' produced a product-scale material performance mentality and gave rise to urban neighborhoods characterised by a dominant building material with correlating delineations of socioeconomic vulnerability. Encoded in these material choices and the patterns they establish, one can find a direct link between building codes, construction materials, financial policy, and overall quality of life, marking an essential arena for social and economic debate in the built environment.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureLandscape art & architectureTechnicalCivil engineering, surveying & buildingBuilding construction & materials Publisher: Oro Editions Publication Date: 09/11/2020 ISBN-13: 9781940743721  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jeana Ripple is an architect, founding principal of MIR Collective, and Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the impact of building codes on socio-economic vulnerabilities, drawing upon significant experience in practice and a previous career as a computer science engineer.

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