Design Guidelines in American Cities: A Review of Design by John Punter

By John Punter

This ebook is a research of layout projects and regulations in 5 US West Coast towns – Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Irvine and San Diego – all of that have had relatively attention-grabbing adventure of relevance to city layout perform in Britain and different countries.

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Rather, it is a tool for assisting the determination about which guidelines are most applicable on a particular site. A. Site Planning Lower Higher N/A Priority Priority 1. Reinforce existing site char- & & & acteristics 2. Reinforce existing street& & & scape characteristics 3. Entry clearly identif|able & & & from the street 4. Encourage human activity & & & on street 5. Minimize intrusion into & & & privacy on adjacent sites 6. Use space between building & & & and sidewalk to provide security, privacy and interaction (residential projects) 7.

14 Seattle: Downtown: Public Benefit Features and the bonus schedule (1989) analysis focusing on the environmental consequences of car dependence as well as the development of sustainability indicators. It identified current problems that needed to be addressed and environmental assets that needed to be protected. As the planning process took shape, so an urban design strategy emerged in the minds of planners, politicians and public as the means of enabling the necessary behavioural changes that would underpin a ‘Sustainable Seattle’ (Lawrence 1996, 40 D E S I G N G U I D E L I N E S IN A M E R I C A N C I T I E S p.

Meanwhile, in the downtown area the plan has taken on Initiative 31’s density and height limits, but not its annual allocations of commercial floorspace. The bonus system now emphasises the production of low income housing units while a new open space requirement per employee will contribute new public spaces on or off site. A key aspect of the Comprehensive Plan is that it should provide a framework for strong, effective and collaborative neighbourhood planning. A planning committee of representative stakeholders, including planners, will lead the process, but wide participation will be sought with resources made available to each neighbourhood.

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