Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – August 2017

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

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Tower Wins In Brief Beacon Hill Battle Over Shadow Law | Bostonomix

A man walks by the now-closed Winthrop Square Garage in Boston, the site of a proposed $1 billion, 775-foot skyscraper.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

“Legislation that may literally lead to a new shadow being cast over the State House while also facilitating construction of a valuable high-rise building in Winthrop Square has been signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.”…

“Secretary of State William Galvin, chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, raised concerns about the bill throughout its brief journey through the branches and had urged Baker to veto it. Galvin said the bill would exempt the tower at the Winthrop Square Garage area from the city's shadow law.

A shadow from the Millennium Partners tower would fall on the State House for 120 days during fall and winter, "making the short days even darker for the occupants of the State House," wrote Galvin. The new shadow will darken the capitol in January, February, October and November, creating "permanent moist conditions" on State House walls and other Beacon Hill buildings and necessitating repairs to interior plaster and exterior mortar, Galvin wrote.”…


Boston shadows legal change doesn't mean Winthrop Square tower a done deal | Curbed Boston

“Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed legislation relaxing laws dating from the early 1990s that prohibit developments in downtown Boston from casting shadows over certain areas, including the Boston Common and the Public Garden, at certain times.

Baker’s move would appear to clear the way for the construction of a 775-foot tower on the site of the Winthrop Square Garage, the proposal for which spurred the very need for the change in the shadow laws.”…

“…but other hurdles remain.

For one, both the Boston Planning & Development Agency and state environmental officials are still reviewing the tower. What’s more, parks advocates have vowed to continue to campaign for protections from the tower’s effects, per the Globe’s Tim Logan.

And the Winthrop Square Garage proposal still has to get an all-clear from the Federal Aviation Administration because of the effects it might have on flight patterns in and out of Logan Airport.”…


Gov Baker Signs Bill for New Shadow Law |  Beacon Hill Times

“Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home-rule petition into law Friday that would allow Millennium Partners to build a 775-foot luxury, condo tower on the site of the shuttered, city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, thereby bypassing two existing state “shadow” laws protecting the Boston Common and Public Garden.

While the new building would cast new shadows on the parks on many early mornings, Mayor Martin J. Walsh introduced the bill in April for a “one-time” exemption to the state laws, citing the reported $153 million windfall that sale of the property would bring the city. The City Council approved the bill by a vote of 10-3.”…

“Meanwhile, the project, which is set to break ground next year, must still earn the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration before it can reach its proposed height.”…


RT @Sean_YYZ: Detroit's new streetcar. Runs without wires along much of its route.

> Nice clean look.


‘Unique’ 40-storey building proposed on Rebecca Street | Hamilton Spectator


“A new 40-storey tower with a "unique" design is being proposed for Rebecca Street.”…

“Part of what makes the design of this site unique is the city's plan to build a park in front of it, said architect David Premi of DPAI Architecture, who is working on the project alongside colleague Petra Matar.”…

“A summary from the July 13 design review committee at which the proposal was discussed calls the building "bold and interesting" but notes it will set a precedent for the area.

It calls the 40-storey height "excessive" and describes the tower as "too 'chunky'."

"In general, the massing and scale of the building needs to be refined," it says.

From Premi's perspective, height should be evaluated based on the impact it has on the surrounding area and the shadows it creates.

For this project, he said they have conducted extensive shadow impact studies and they exceed the criteria set out by other municipalities. He said Hamilton doesn't have firm standards in place.”…


Galvin says New Shadow Law Removes Layer of Protection for Historic Parks | Beacon Hill Times  

Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a home-rule petition into law that would allow Millennium Partners to move forward with building a 775-foot tower on the site of the city-owned Winthrop Square Garage, bypassing two existing state laws that protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from new shadows.

Mayor Martin Walsh introduced this bill last April for a “one-time” exemption to the state shadow laws, citing the reported $153 million sale of the property would bring to the city. The Boston City Council approved sending the bill to the State House in a 10 – 3 vote.

“The bill passed removed a layer of protection for historic sites but it doesn’t mean the project is exempt from other processes,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin. “Millennium wouldn’t be able to build this building without that exemption but it’s still fuzzy on how it’s going to go moving forward.”

Galvin said that although this project skirts around the 25-year-old state shadow laws that have shielded the downtown historic parks from excessive building shadows, there is still more to be done.

The project, which is set to break ground next year, is still under going the Article 80 process with the City, has yet to complete the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) report, and still needs to gain the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration before it can reach its proposed height.

In addition Galvin said there hasn’t been a wind study or a complete shadow study that goes beyond the downtown parks into the surrounding historic neighborhoods.

“The process is going to go on,” said Galvin. “A layer of protection has been removed, but the building is not exempt from the process.””…


RT @createstreets: Many of most popular terraced streets in London would not be permitted today if BRE daylight, sunlight guidance applied

> Interesting indeed. Luckily they are already built :)

> RT @PlanGinerd: Isn't particularly surprising. Most of the old inner cities could never be built now (even in TO)

Proud to be involved >

101 Erskine Tops Off as Work Progresses on Townhomes | via @urban_toronto

101 Erskine Condos, Tridel, Beaux Properties, CS&P Architects, Toronto

Tridel and Beaux Properties' 101 Erskine Condos has reached a major milestone, as it has recently reached full height at 32 storeys. Completion of the mechanical penthouse and the final several levels have taken place since our last update earlier this year. Cladding and glazing has also been completed on several storeys in the past few months, with the project aiming for a completion next Spring. In the weeks since our last update, the CS&P Architects-designed tower has also begun balcony glazing installation as it nears the halfway point.

As the project has reached full height, its stepped-back form is now fully visible, and as cladding progresses, the contrast in black and white cladding and window tinting will emphasize the step back for the upper storeys.”… 


Residents concerned about tall towers proposed in Oliver | Global News 

“Oliver residents are expressing concern after a public information session on Saturday gave them a glimpse at plans for two high-rises being proposed in their neighbourhood.

The proposed development by Greenlong Construction would see a 48-storey tower built along Jasper Avenue and 115 Street with a 37-storey tower to the north.”…

“Stantec will review and re-evaluate the height of the buildings and assess sun and shadow impacts.

“A lot of what I’m hearing… is concerns around parking, traffic, visitor parking. We need to look at how that’s going to work. Height has been an issue that’s been expressed, so we have to look at how height relates to the street and to the neighbourhood and to the shadow impacts. We definitely have to do that type of technical analysis as well.””…


Here is every single GTA condo development set to launch fall 2017 | via @buzzbuzzhome

“Developers in the Greater Toronto Area are gearing up for a busy fall season of condo launches.

How busy? Well, 28 condo projects are expected to launch before the year’s end…”…


peter pichler's looping towers will act as a residential hub with public facilities | @designboom

“peter pichler’s design for the new residential tower complex consists of approximately 260 apartments, parking garages, public facilities, gym and a running track on the roof. it is located in maarssen; on a main axis between amsterdam and utrecht, and should act as a social ‘engine’ in the area, which will undergo some major developments within the next years.

milan based peter pichler architecture‘s proposal for two looping towers is the result of an optimized geometry founded on views and sunlight. the starting point were the massing studies of straight extrusions that are moved towards the end of the plot to guarantee the view towards the river and the old city center of maarssen from the offices set behind. the special situation of the site and the unsophisticated orientation of the apartments within a straight extruded tower with a central core led to a slim L-shaped geometry that guarantees multiple views and sunlight.

while sloping back the L-shaped towers with the lower tower on the west side, better views are generated for adjacent buildings with a minimum shadow impact. the naturally formed terraces generate multiple views towards the old city and achieve a maximum sunlight during the day.”…


Cheers, Ralph

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