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Seaside, Florida (1985): A resort community on the Gulf Coast of Florida’s panhandle, Seaside was designed by the New Urbanist pioneers, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Arranged on a radiating street pattern, with myriad pedestrian alleyways and public spaces that promote walking and biking, the town is also known for its form-based planning code: this prioritizes the scale, mass, and envelope of buildings – rather than their use – based on lot location. The town also has an architecture code that specifies building elements and materials.

The purpose of looking at this precedent was to get the students thinking about architectural cohesion as well as planning considerations such as urban form, public space, and walkability.



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