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Height Restrictions

Architect Peter Walker Hunt AIA, discusses building height restrictions within Santa Barbara, particularly the outcomes of increased density on the urban fabric. By imposing uniform building height restrictions, the aesthetic integrity of the city will be affected. Alternative options, such as variable volume ordinances, will ensure that the city remains vibrant and beautiful while avoiding canyonization.

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Urban Sprawl

 

Urban Sprawl has been a significant issue in the development of American cities. The need for understanding how cities developed in the past cannot be overlooked. Economic and cultural values of the community must be accommodated. Architect Peter Walker Hunt AIA, explains the advantages of New Urbanism, and how transferred development rights (TDRs) can help tackle the issue of sprawl.

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Urban Development

 

The successful development of cities has been guided by efficiency and stability, creating prosperity. Free market forces combined with government regulation and urban planning have resulted in the most loved places in the world. These crucial elements ensure that the city accommodates the changing population while preserving the cultural and environmental resources of the city. Architect Peter Walker Hunt AIA, traces the history of city planning, examining urban patterns across several time periods, spanning from antiquity to contemporary times.

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