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Zoning Diagrams and Illustrations
(Urban Design Components)

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this page is a work in progress and should be viewed strictly as informative.
 

Scale of Urban Design:

Urban design has importance at varying scales from those elements at larger than the site at the neighborhood scale, to components at the site and building scale, to elements at the detail scale.

 

SITE

Site Layout

Site layout refers to the placement of a building and/or parking within a site as well as how automobiles and pedestrians access the site.

Landscaping

Landscaping serves a variety of purposes.  It helps define the street edge and fixes gaps where buildings do not define an edge condition.  It buffers other  uses and screens utility functions such as dumpsters and loading docks.   Landscaping provides water absorption areas from impervious parking areas  and roof tops.  It reduces cooling requirements and the urban heat island  produced by large paved areas and facades with sun exposure.  Landscaping helps bring human scale and amenities to a site.  On existing sites,  landscaping helps to adapt a site to move towards more current planning goals.

Signage

Signage should look to fit in to the context of the site and not distract from the overall building design.

 

BUILDING

Facades

Building Signage

 

 

 

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