Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Houston on Hudson Hallelujah, Hosannas on High (NOT)
FIRST we had Atlantic Yards. Now we have Hudson Yards. Do we really need further proof that the New York City Department of City Planning should live up to its name and plan the city's streets and blocks and then follow that up with a form-based code, instead of leaving the design of the city to developers and their architects?
Anti-urban, suburban-style office parks like the one below are not the reason people pay $2,000 a foot to live in Manhattan.
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Can you give an example of a form-based code?
Posted by: steve at Nov 21, 2007 7:52:51 AM
The link I gave has a description from the Form Based Codes Institute. For this site, a form-based code might start with requirements like making the streeet wall up to 12 stories, mandatory setbacks above that, exterior walls to be a minimum of 60% masonry or masonry cladding and windows to be vertical. Bob Stern's form-based code for Times Square specified lit billboards that covered X percent of the facade up to a certain height.
Posted by: john at Nov 21, 2007 7:59:40 AM