Project in conjunction with UTSOA colleague Joey Rocha. In developing the design for new housing units at Blackland Village, we identified three driving concepts, in order of importance: AFFORDABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY, + NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER. Above all, in keeping with the mission of the Blackland Community Development Corporation of creating diverse, inclusive, affordable communities that fight gentrification, Blackland Village approached the problem of two lots whose land alone cost over half a million dollars with the goal that the solution must be affordable. This goal was achieved by increasing the density of the property, rezoning it as MF-1, or low-density multifamily, which allowed us to create more units with more building and impervious cover. In increasing density, keeping the development in touch with the existing character and context of the neighborhood was also important; while it technically is a multifamily development, from the street, the project appears as only having two single-family detached units and a corner unit from either 22nd or Poquito Street, similar to the existing scale of the neighborhood. Hidden in the back corner of the property on the alley side are two more units, bringing the total to SEVEN HOUSING UNITS ON TWO PARCELS OF FORMERLY SINGLE-FAMILY LAND where there would have most likely only been two units in traditional developments.