Urban Design Case Study – Seaside, Walton County, Floride

Community Design, Community Planning, Housing, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

Seven decades ago, when the grandfather of Robert S. Davis purchased this 80 acres of land along the shore of Northwest Florida, he may not imagined that his land had become a dream of many urbanists and architects.

But now, Seaside, Florida is in slides of many lecture class in architecture schools, with the pictures of Andres Duany and  Elizabeth Plater-zyberk. Designers describe it as recreating traditional neighborhood of 1920s. “Old way, new town.” As the principal designers, Andres Duany and  Elizabeth Plater-zyberk pursued an overriding goal, which was fostering a strong sense of community.

Seaside Beach

Seaside is the first serious attempt at creating a modern form-based code, which produces more consistent and predictable patterns of development in relationships of public realm.

An Aerial Image of Seaside

The seaside plan was designed to optimize waterfront access

Credits: Images link to sources.
Reference: The New Urbanism, Peter Katz

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