The reconstruction of North American urban fabric is a widespread concern. Many communities are struggling with ways to redirect their energies to meet the urgent need for affordable housing. The computer platform supports a community oriented, participatory design process based on specific historical antecedents that are particular to a given community, along with a "kit of parts" for the construction assembly of various housing units within the town. The computer based approach will yield strategies that can be readily transported to other comparable community settings. The work of this research should support a renewed interest in rehabilitation and redevelopment where the particular urban history and patterns of dwelling within a community emerge as primary forces, guided by informed community involvement. This, in turn, could form the basis for considered community action in the planning and rebuilding of the often fragmentary conditions that dominate most small town urban settings.
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