A pocket neighborhood is an identifiable cluster of houses around shared outdoor commons and infrastructure─ideal for leveraging quality within an affordable housing setting. The proposal provides niche urban market housing at construction costs of $100,000/unit, excluding site work. The pocket neighborhood capitalizes on smaller home footprints with shared amenities like a community lawn, playground, and stormwater management infrastructure. A Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater treatment landscape eliminates use of underground pipes and catch basins, creating a 50% savings in infrastructure costs while solving for chronic flooding problems. Through the use of a “productive landscape”, LID infrastructure provides a superior neighborhood template that extends the modest living spaces of home interiors


2013 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
2013 Fast Company Finalist
2013 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award
2012 American Architecture Award
2012 Residential Architect Design Grand Award


National Endowment for the Arts


Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation

AuthorMatthew Petty