Monday, September 1, 2014

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – August 2014

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

City of Melbourne grapples with CEL's 156-172 Victoria Street | Urban Melbourne


MELBOURNE, AU - This evening (Aug 5/14) City of Melbourne will officially voice their disapproval for another of Melbourne's 200+ metre residential proposals, this time 156-172 Victoria Street which forms part of the former CUB Brewery site abutting the CBD…

Whilst the proposed development has a number of positive elements and is broadly consistent with the approved development plan for the site, there is significant concern regarding the proposed shadowing of the State Library forecourt between 11am and 2.00pm on 22 June. This is inconsistent with the policy in Clause 22.02 which states that developments not cast any additional shadows on the State Library forecourt between these hours.

To address this issue the built form will need to be modified which could possibly result in substantial design changes…

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Shanghai Central Tower reaches its peak of 2,073ft | The Daily Mail Online

Towering: The finishing touches were finally added to the top of the 2,073ft Shanghai Tower (right) on Sunday. The massive building puts both Shanghai World Financial Center (centre) and Jinmao Tower in the shade

SHANGHAI, CHINA - Shanghai in the sky! World's second tallest building reaches its peak of 2,073ft after six years of construction…

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Neighborhoods Support White Plains Zone Change | The White Plains Examiner

WHITE PLAINS, NY - The public hearing on a DGEIS for a zone change requested by the owners of the Westchester Pavilion, former home of the White Plains Borders bookstore, continued at the Monday, Aug. 4 meeting of the White Plains Common Council.

William Null, partner in the White Plains-based law firm Cuddy & Feder explained that the change from a B-6 to a CB-3 District would allow Urstadt Biddle, the Connecticut-based owners of the property to build the 3.58 acre parcel at 60 S. Broadway to new specifications more in line with current market realities.

The existing B-6 zone only allows the big box mall with interior parking. Much of the 185,000 sq. ft. retail space (87 percent) now remains vacant. A change to the CB-3 zone, which incorporates much of the White Plains downtown Central Parking District would allow much taller buildings, including towers up to an allowed 280 feet, and a mixed use application including residential, offices, hotel and retail.

Null explained that the owners had investigated three possible conceptual scenarios that studied the shadow impact of towers positioned at different locations on the site on the Carhart neighborhood and other close-by buildings. He also noted that the final site plan for approval in the CB-3 zone would not necessarily include towers reaching the 280-ft height…

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Minto at Lansdowne rises high as construction continues on the two-tower development | BuzzBuzzHome

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OTTAWA, ON - While Minto at Lansdowne caught the eye of Ottawa condo buyers long before it broke ground, the two-tower development from Minto has more recently been capturing the attention of shoppers and bar-hoppers on Bank Street, thanks to its construction progress.

The development’s two condos, The Rideau and 118 Holmwood, are now rising high at Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue in the city’s historic Lansdowne Park area…

The Rideau will stand at 20-storeys and feature a limited collection of townhomes at ground level…

At 13-storeys, 118 Holmwood is an intimate residence and will offers occupants access to a private, 40-square foot terrace…

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The Independent, Rize's Tower Represents a Shift in Mount Pleasant's Future | Vancity Buzz

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VANCOUVER, BC - Mount Pleasant, like many other neighbourhoods in the city, is on the cusp of a major shift. With downtown Vancouver pretty much built out, the focus for future growth will rest on the shoulders of traditionally small to mid-rise neighbourhoods.

At the forefront of this battle is Rize’s development, “The Independent,” a landmark tower in Mount Pleasant that has (and still is) going through extensive scrutiny from Vancouverites that refuse to look at the bigger picture in an effort to protect their own utopian viewpoints of what the city, the neighbourhood should become…

Four out of the five building blocks were lowered in height, Broadway by over 30’ at Council’s direction to reduce shadow impact…

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Mayor's support for Japan developer | Sunshine Coast Daily

SUNSHINE COAST, AU – Sunshine Coast Council has not received any development application from Sekisui House for the Yaroomba Beachside site, Mayor Mark Jamieson said yesterday.

Cr Jamieson said the public exhibition and consultation for the new planning scheme had finished before Sekisui engaged with the council…

Sekisui House's Evan Aldridge said the company was investigating options for the development of its 20ha site.

He said any development on the site would be in line with Sekisui House's founding principles - community, sustainability, and harmony with the natural environment.

"We are still in the very early planning stages, and we don't expect to be ready to lodge a development application with the council until 2015," Mr Aldridge said.

"One option we are currently investigating is for a five-star hotel, retail and public precinct on the site, as well as residential…

"We are in talks with a number of hotel groups."

Mr Aldridge said for the project to be commercially viable, a five-star hotel might need to be up to 12 storeys in height.

He said that would make it cost effective to maintain and provide the experience visitors would be seeking.

"An increase in building height for some of the site would double the amount of public green space that is currently in the plan," he said.

"Due to the setback of the site from the beachfront, a building of 12 storeys would have minimal visual impact and no shadow impact on the beach.

"It is important to note that this is still all in the investigation stage."…

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Cheers, Ralph

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