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Conference at OU examines national living solutions

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Particularly innovative were high-density dwellings that blended differently priced units together but had the same curb appearance, therefore avoiding the stigmatization of the area’s lower-income occupants.

“What we’ve tended toward is either customizing everything or standardizing everything, and we ought to be looking for something more in between,” Dittmar said.

Lastly, Dittmar emphasized that these design concepts, though urban-centric, are universally applicable, from urban to rural communities.

“This is just as important in towns or villages as it is in cities,” Dittmar said. “When we talk about urbanization, what we’re talking about is ‘urbanity,’ building places that allow us to meet our neighbor. It’s about recapturing civility and civil discourse, and that is the 21st century.”

For more information on the conference and the Institute for Quality Communities, visit www.iqc.ou.edu.

For more information on The Prince’s Foundation visit www.princes-foundation.org.

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