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Building Community through Architectural Principles

Community architecture principles create a sense of community in an apartment building with thousands of other people.

Building a community is more than just constructing physical structures; it’s about fostering a sense of inclusivity and belonging, using built form to facilitate social connections.  

Often referred to as community architecture, it takes into consideration all aspects of the built environment and uses it to encourage participation, collaboration and engagement among residents. By establishing an interdependent relationship between the residents, the built form and surrounding landscape infrastructure, we can create an environment for community members to connect. 

Some key community architecture principles that Prica Global Enterprises (PGE)  integrates into our developments are the vertical community concept and mixed-use integration.

Vertical communities refer to residential developments that are built vertically, often in the form of high-rise buildings or skyscrapers. In such communities, residents live near one another within the same structure, sharing common amenities and spaces. These vertical communities often prioritize efficient land use, urban density and accessibility to amenities and services within the building or complex. This can foster social interaction and create a sense of belonging. 

Mixed-use integration refers to the intentional blending of different functions or uses within a development. This could include adding residential, commercial, office space and/or recreational facilities to a new development. The approach aims to create vibrant and diverse communities where people can live, work, shop and socialize within close proximity. It seamlessly blends residential spaces with retail, dining, and cultural venues, becoming a hub of activity that encourages interaction, collaboration and shared experiences.  


At PGE, we aren’t just constructing buildings, we are creating vertical communities. We understand that people are busy with the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and the idea of achieving a sense of community seems out of reach. That’s why we strive to create high-rise buildings that are not just a collection of individual units, but a vertical neighbourhood where each floor sets the stage for a micro-community. 

Beyond building amenities and shared spaces, community architecture also considers the landscape and infrastructure that surrounds buildings. For example, our property at 131 University Avenue inspires connectivity through its proximity to pedestrian pathways that encourage an active lifestyle while providing space for socialization and leisure. Our 239 Albert Street building is also strategically located steps away from the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Waterloo. This isn't just about convenience; it's about enhancing community connectivity.  Residents have easy access to transportation, fostering a sense of mobility and interconnection within Waterloo. 

The word community holds great power, and now more than ever we are in dire need of improving our social connections. Establishing a sense of togetherness is what keeps our community strong. It is the heartbeat of our city, giving individuals a sense of identity and purpose. 

At PGE, we understand our role in improving the vitality of our communities. With our developments, we help to transform Waterloo into a hub of connectivity. Leveraging our expertise in architecture, we are committed to shaping the future of this remarkable city, giving a sense of pride to all who call it home.



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