The shop/house – the building combining commercial/retail uses and dwellings – appears over many periods of history in most cities in the world. This book combines architectural history, cross-cultural understandings and accounts of contemporary policy and building practice to provide a comprehensive account of this common but overlooked building.

The merchant's house in northern European cities, the Asian shophouse, the apartment building on New York avenues, typical apartment buildings in Rome and in Paris – this variety of shop/houses along with the commonality of attributes that form them, mean that the hybrid phenomenon is as much a social and economic one as it is an architectural one.

Professionals, city officials and developers are taking a new look at buildings that allow for higher densities and mixed-use. Describing exemplary contemporary projects and issues pertaining to their implementation as well as the background, cultural variety and urban attributes, this book will benefit designers dealing with mixed-use buildings as well as academics and students.

chapter |10 pages


A quintessential urban building

part I|74 pages

The Shop/House as a Global Phenomenon

chapter 1|17 pages

Shophouses of Asia

chapter 2|15 pages

The Shop in the Palazzo

Rome, southern Europe and beyond

chapter 4|18 pages

From London to Main Street

part II|86 pages

The Fabric of Everyday Life

chapter 5|9 pages

Living and Working in the City

chapter 6|16 pages

The Geography of Mixed Uses

chapter 7|25 pages

Adaptable Buildings and Flexible Economics

chapter 8|30 pages

The Architecture of Hybrid Types

part III|57 pages

The death and Life of the Modest Shop/House

chapter 10|13 pages

The Building Culture of the Divided City

chapter 11|25 pages

Toward a Resilient Urbanism

chapter |4 pages


Hybrid urban practice