Laguna West occupies an area of 1,045 acres. It is the first application of Calthorpe’s Transit-Oriented Development principles, which is now embraced in the general plan for Sacramento.
- Pedestrian friendly neighborhoods that encourage walking
- A town center
- A nature/riparian zone
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.
“New Urbanism aims to build hamlets, neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities rather than subdivisions, shopping centers, and office parks like those found in conventional suburban development (CSD). A fundamental goal is a proper balance between the needs of the automobile and the needs of the pedestrian. Maximizing walkability is essential.” – Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide
Seven Principles: (Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide)
1. Building blocks->neighborhood->village/small town/bigger town/city
2. Well-defined edge: a quarter-mile distance that everyone can reach.
3. Corridors are connecting different neighborhoods.
4. Human scale.
5. A range of transportation options.
6. Hierarchy streets.
7. Civic buildings as landmarks.
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The two categories of Morph My City Challenge are: Greenfield prize and 2040 prize.
Deadline for submission will be 30th, May.
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