Sustainable mixed use development

We approach the planning and design of mixed-use design from multiple, overlapping perspectives to ensure we meet all our client’s goals.

"It has been a pleasure working with Nadi Group team on our mixed use development. Their attention to detail, professionalism and diligence turned our project from dream to concept and now to reality. Their design was sustainable and beautiful, while also being functional and economical. With their continued support and expertise, we could successfully navigate the City of Winnipeg, overcome obstacles, and have obtained the necessary approvals. It would not have been possible without them. We cannot say enough good things about Emeka, Malvin and the entire team at Nadi Group. We highly recommend them." - Paige Peach, Industrial Park on Dugald Road
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Sustainable mixed use development

At the Nadi Group, the type of mixed use development we usually design for includes a mix of retail, residential, and office uses. However, we’ve also explored mixed use within the context of public transportation: transit-oriented development (TOD) and community hubs and gathering places. We approach the planning and design of mixed-use development from multiple, overlapping perspectives to ensure we meet all our client’s goals.

A successful mixed-use development project often finds a balance between many competing project goals, creating a robust and resilient economic, environmental and social convergence. It provides accessible and walkable communities for residents, reducing the need for private vehicles, encouraging social connections, and providing a healthy and engaging natural environment.

Our goal is to make the process (and the final product) as elegant, efficient, financially viable and environmentally responsible as possible, adding long-term value to our clients' projects.

What is mixed-use development?

As an urban design concept, mixed-use development (sometimes referred to as mixed-use zoning or mixed-use planning) combines residential, commercial, cultural, and institutional uses into a single building, area or space. Mixed-use developments provide developers, residents and tenants with more options within a condensed area, including multi-family residential and commercial zoning opportunities.

Zoning protocols for mixed-use areas include traditional subdivisions, urban or downtown CBDs (central business districts), PUDs or Planned UnitDevelopments, or other special designation.

The Atlanta Regional Commission does an outstanding job of outlining the necessary criteria that every successful mixed-use development should meet:

In terms of food, beverage and retail spaces in mixed-use developments, there is likely to be a shift to locally produced goods and services, where people can walk to conveniences and congregate around local activities. Community markets and gardens are also part of the movement towards creating more self-sustaining, organic consumerism within a walkable community.

Bridgwater Centre Master Plan

What are the benefits of Mixed-use Development?

A successful mixed-use project considers many factors, including transportation, employment, residential and environmental to create a more holistic space for living, working and playing. In other words, according to the American Planning Association, a mixed-use development should provide communities, cities and towns with:

Even though many new urban developments will prioritize mixed-use design, planning and zoning, buildings and spaces that already exist can also benefit from this approach.

Adaptive reuse is an environmentally responsible alternative to demolition and replacement. It transforms an existing space with new commercial and/or residential opportunities, reduces our carbon footprint, and gives buildings a second life to preserve their history while bringing it into the future.

Livingston College Master Plan

Why should you hire the Nadi Group for mixed use design services?

We love the feel of a mixed-use development done right. All mixed-use development projects are unique and distinct. With over three decades of global experience (across Asia, West Africa and North America), the senior associates at  Nadi Group understand that there’s never been a project quite like yours. Our diverse and international experience means we are REALLY particular about creating the right combination of uses, blending environmental, social and economic drivers to create your unique mixed-use cocktail.

Nadi Group can assist with every part of the design process, including preliminary site planning, mixed-use zoning assistance, amenity and public space design, and construction documentation/supervision.

We will help you create environments where people will live, work and play while keeping sound placemaking techniques, healthy living principles, and future trends in the evolution of the human environment in mind.

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