College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Brick Robbins, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Urban sprawl is characterized by the rapid growth of the extent of cities and towns. In the United States, urban sprawl is greatly influenced by housing density. In the past half-century, developers have favored constructing and consumers have preferred living in neighborhoods of detached, single-family homes. This is because low-density living provides more housing services, or additional benefits, than most high-density developments, such as apartments and townhomes. Residents of low-density living often have more privacy, outdoor space, interior natural light, and many other benefits over residents of higher-density developments. However, Twin Creeks Apartments, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is an example of how a high-density development can be comfortable for someone accustomed to living in a single-family home. The design team of Twin Creeks worked with the goal in mind to provide many of the same housing services commonly seen in low-density developments, creating a high-density living environment that appeals to people of all lifestyles. In the future, developers can incorporate strategies used by the project team of Twin Creeks to increase the comfort of their project’s residents while simultaneously combating excessive urban sprawl and increasing urban densification.