Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – May 2014

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Glare from energy-efficient windows can melt siding, vehicles | WRAL

North from 801 S Grand 2

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APEX, NC - Energy-efficient windows make up more than 90 percent of all new window installations in the U.S., according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But they can become problematic for homeowners when sunlight bounces off the windows and is so intense that it can melt siding on houses and parts of vehicles…

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Proposal cut in half to reduce shadow impacts >>>

Palace Theatre redevelopment | Urban Melbourne

Palace Theatre, Melbourne

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Another chapter today in the evolving public interest story that has become the proposed Palace Theatre demolition and replacement with Australia's first W Hotel at 20-31 Bourke Street. Melbourne City Council have this week published plans for Bates Smart's third revision of the development scheme which sees a shortened, dare I say tubby hotel tower sans its apartment compliment included within the initial planning application.

As has been reported through the media, the proposal has been essentially cut in half and now tills in at 50.65 metres high with 11,047sq.m of net floor space. 193 rooms are slated for the 12 hotel floors with the three remaining floors configured to include a restaurant, pool, gym, outdoor terrace, lounge and function facilities…

It is noted that a recent planning permit application for a hotel and residential apartments was made to the Minister for Planning and not supported due to a number of concerns principally relating to the height of the proposal, in light of the lower scale of the Bourke Hill precinct. The City of Melbourne’s formal position on the application recognised the value and benefit that the proposed W Hotel use would bring to the city, but was unsupportive of the scale of the built form.

Hence, this revised proposal has been prepared to address the key concerns. In particular the changes to the height of the development ensure that shadows cast to the Parliamentary precinct are significantly reduced, and that the view over the city from the steps of Parliament is not substantially altered…

more - http://t.co/k7b4Us6OwG

World’s 1st shadow playground unveiled in BGC | Manila Times

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Johnson’s Baby team in the Philippines formally launched an innovative venue for active playtime with the opening of the first Shadow Playground at the Market! Market! playzone in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in March.

Building on the children’s natural fascination for shadows and how this enables them to think creatively while enjoying playing under the sun, Johnson’s Baby found a way to integrate all of these in the building of the Shadow Playground…

more - http://t.co/lHvvpKX2GD

Ocean City shadow concerns >>>

New Marriott Hotel Moves Ahead To City Council | The Dispatch

OCEAN CITY, MD - Despite some concerns over traffic, the view of the building from Route 90 and the potential impact on neighboring properties, the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved the site plan for a new 142-unit hotel on the bayside at 62nd Street.

The new Marriott’s Residence Inn is proposed for the long-vacant site at 62nd Street south of Route 90 formerly occupied by a health club and restaurant complex.

After a meticulous review of the site plan, including parking, traffic and shadow impacts on neighboring properties, the means and methods of getting guests across Coastal Highway to the beach and some aesthetic issues, Planning Commission members gave the green light to the expansive project they ultimately deemed a good use of the property.

The plans call for an eight-story hotel on the odd-shaped parcel along Route 90. The Residence Inn and Suites will be aligned parallel to Route 90 with the front of the building, its entrance and most of the amenities facing south. The project comes in less dense than what the zoning of the property calls for and is expected to be less intrusive then what was there before or what could be allowed.

Nonetheless, Ocean City planners spent two hours carefully reviewing its potential impacts on the surrounding neighborhood…

Another significant issue discussed was the shadow study for the project. The town’s code requires a shadow study for most projects of significant size to determine the possible impacts on neighboring properties at certain times of the day. The study for the Residence Inn revealed the shadows would be contained on the property for the most part, although town planners wanted a second opinion.

Satisfied with the potential shadow impacts on neighboring properties, the Planning Commission had a long debate about the possible impacts of shadows on Route 90 in terms of visibility and even the potential for icing of the roadway during the winter. In the end, however, the planners agreed any possible impacts on Route 90 were not a reason to hold up approval for the project.

“We can’t take away the ability to build and develop this property based on what might happen with shadows on Route 90,” said Commissioner Pam Buckley…

more - http://t.co/onROKePJmo

RT jennifer keesmaat ‏@jen_keesmaat: I am hoping helmet head becomes "a thing," soon. #biketowork #worthit

RB:  @jen_keesmaat Ha-ha, helmet head is the norm in Holland.

RT GlobeToronto @globetoronto: Mirvish and Gehry revise condo plan with 92-storey tower | The Globe and Mail

 Princess of Wales Theatre 2009

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TORONTO, ON - David Mirvish and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry have dramatically altered plans for their King Street West condo project, saving the Princess of Wales Theatre and heritage buildings on the block.

After more than 40 iterations, the latest plans include just two condo buildings, down from three, and are being welcomed by the city of Toronto planners who had objected to the density of the original design and its plan to demolish the theatre, and warehouse space they deemed to have historic value.

With the concessions to the city, Mr. Mirvish is hoping to receive approval to smash through height restrictions. One of the towers is designed to stretch 92 storeys into the sky, six more than first proposed. The tower would be 304.3 metres high, making it about six metres taller than First Canadian Place, the country’s tallest building outside of structures such as the CN Tower…

The project is controversial largely because of its height and density, and the demands it would place on local infrastructure. Planners took issue with the original design on details ranging from the amount of parking (the city wanted more) to the shadows that might be cast on downtown sidewalks…

While the block would get a taller tower, Toronto’s head planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, said its slender profile would reduce shadows…

more - http://tgam.ca/ECex 

Cheers, Ralph


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