Ombretta Romice, "Book Review: Complex Housing. Designing for Density, Julia Williams Robinson" Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. Vol. 11, issue 3 (November, 2017): 237-240.
This is a clear, useful and practical book, which makes an important link between research in environment-behavior studies and practice, in this case architecture, urbanism and planning. The goal of the book is straightforward: to analyse ‘complex housing’, here defined as middle-high density, with a mix of tenures, uses and renting/ownership ranges, and of urban significance, in a structured and consistent manner, and with a degree of professional criticism stemming both from the author’s view and that of a range of professionals involved in the projects illustrated. The context selected is the Netherlands, a country that for geographic, political, cultural and religious reasons has had a rather special and successful record in dealing with density in housing both from an architectural and urban point of view, at least until recently, as the author reminds us (‘spatial plans’ have been abandoned in 2005).