Andrew was featured on the Morrison Report podcast. He answers; what Lanescape is and how it started, would Laneway housing improve the rental supply in Toronto, and what stopped Toronto from having more laneway housing in the past.
Laneway housing has been all the buzz in Toronto as a way to create more housing in high-density areas. With an eminent housing crisis and very low availability for housing in the city, stakeholders are desperate to find a solution, and find new places to put homes could be the answer. So what exactly is laneway housing?
Last week saw another of the regular surges of interest in laneway houses in Toronto. But we should also look to backyards without lanes, often in suburban lots, when thinking about this kind of housing. You don’t need a laneway to build a small house behind a house.
Surveying this languid but distinctively urban vista, Craig Race, Andrew Sorbara and Alex Sharpe envision how places such as this – and there are a lot of them around the older city – someday could become neighbourhoods within neighbourhoods, as homeowners convert or rebuild the rear-facing garages into affordable rental units.
As aspiring first-time homebuyers lose hope in this insanely competitive market, architects and planners are looking at laneways as a possible solution to the rental housing shortage. NOW surveys the history of the strategy, the challenges facing builders eyeing a new source of land – and one fabulous laneway house that shows what’s possible.