Planning & Zoning – Part 4: Case Examples in Contextual Infill

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Good contextual infill can often be in the eye of the beholder, but research has shown what works. With an aggressive push towards increasing the state's housing capacity, historic single family homes face a future that includes higher density and more mixed uses. How can new construction be adroitly integrated into historic neighborhoods and commercial districts? Case examples will illustrate the good, the bad, and the ugly - and how the historic character of neighborhoods can be retained while still allowing for higher density and access to public transit.

This webinar will look at contextual infill case examples, including the 2014 California Preservation Foundation Design Award-winning Railroad Square project to help show how new construction can fully integrate itself into old neighborhoods or sites.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the character defining features of historic districts and buildings to help inform prospective infill design solutions
  2. Understand the relationship between the Secretary of Interior Standards and its provisions for additions and new construction within the context of designated historic sites.
  3. Examine building code, health and safety, and energy standard considerations when infill construction is integrated into an historic site
  4. Develop creative solutions that involve an interdisciplinary team of architects, developers, and designers that help ensure quality, healthy, accessible and affordable housing stock within existing historic districts or neighborhoods.


George Garcia, AIA, RIBA, garcia architecture + design; Taylor Louden, Historical Architect, GTL | HA Modern Historical Architecture; Stephen Schafer, Photographer,; Sally Zarnowitz, AIA, Planning Manager, Town of Los Gatos; Erin Gettis, Bureau Chief, Planning and Development, Riverside County; Rich Sucre, Principal Planner, City and County of San Francisco.