3XN/GXN Architects, Gehl, and ConAm Envision a Regenerative 15-Minute Community for San Diego

3XN I GXN and Gehl Architects were selected to be part of the second phase in a masterplan for San Diego, California. Titled NeighborhoodNext,the 15 minute community offers 5,000 homes to residents of all income levels. It also includes cultural, commercial and recreational spaces that are all interwoven within green promenades or public parks.

This proposal is a response to Southern California’s “suburban car culture”, especially after the rise in single-family homes. The state needed to reduce the number of cars that were driving around in order to cut down on carbon emissions due to climate change and rising housing costs. Neighborhood Next, a team of architects, created a “radically walkable” community. This pushes cars to one side, leaving ample space for pedestrians and parks. They also dedicated 25% of the total 5,000 houses for affordable housing units.

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The masterplan aims to make San Diego “the most livable community in the world”, and it offers a vibrant, all-inclusive environment that is populated by locals, tourists, and shoppers. It emphasizes “15-minute living”, which allows residents to live, work and socialize without needing to use a car. The freeway is connected to the site by a bridge that connects it to the river. This will enhance its natural setting as well as improve the Bay-to Bay link. You will find a variety of pedestrian paths along the main promenade, as well as buildings rising to dynamic heights.

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A new community will have a world-class, eco-friendly arena that can host concerts and other events. It also has the potential to house a school library, preschool, childcare center, and arts center. The community will have a heart that encourages sharing, learning and gatherings through the integration of flexible spaces. The GreenLine park promenade will surround the neighborhood and provide a green lung.

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Neighborhood Next was developed by ConAm Group. It includes Community Housing Works and Wakeland Housing & Development. Malick Infill Development is also included. Crossroads Consulting, Crossroads Consulting. 3XN Architects, Gehl and CityThinkers are some of the other partners.

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