Provide microunit housing in a "two-hour neighborhood," with a nearby grocery, park, and indoor third place.


Microunits vary in size by jurisdiction, but typically range from 200 to 600 sf. The design of microunit buildings can shape people’s quality of life. People are increasingly interested in maximizing freedom of experiences, and minimizing the responsibility for material objects. Many urban dwellers are looking for a life of the mind. Although young singles are a common target demographic for microunits, such spaces are also available for (and could be perfectly suited to) others as well, such as unmarried couples, empty nesters, and elderly populations. Microunit buildings can therefore provide lifecycle housing to a community, and allow all walks of life—from young renters to elderly in need of assistance—a housing option to keep people in the communities they love. This Pattern includes:

  •      A Life of The Mind
  •      Common Spaces Designed to Meet A Spouse
  •      “Two-Hour Neighborhood”
  •      Lifecycle of Housing


Patrick Kennedy

Panoramic Interests


Third Places

Walk-To Retail

Walk-To Parks