Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – May 2016

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

The Last Great Debate Over Skyscraper Shadows - @NYMag

It's official: Downtown Brooklyn will soon look a little bit more like Dubai. Michael Stern's 73-story building at 9 DeKalb Avenue, designed by SHoP Architects and incorporating the air rights of the Dime Savings Bank, will reach 1,066 feet into the sky. Plenty of freaked-out Brooklynites have taken affront. But when Crain's wrote about it, one of the first commenters’ main concerns was simply whether "thought's gone into where the shadow's cast."

Ah, yes, the old shadow argument. It’s trotted out every time plans emerge for a tall tower — and has been since 1916, when the sunlight-blocking Equitable Building downtown led to the creation of New York’s first zoning code…

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