Friday, October 23, 2009

Seaside, Florida: The Original New Urbanist Community

I would be remiss, as an architect and urban designer, to not see Seaside, Florida. I appreciate the traditional architecture with a postmodern edge and the many ways to walk in Seaside - by street, lane, path, through small public greens. They've got some pretty good food, too. A row of airstream trailers were lined up on the edge of this large public green, along Hwy. 30A, each offering a different delicacy. Restaurants on the opposite side of the highway, too - offering a view of the sea (below.)Iconic forms as place-markers as well as useful spaces.Savannah Street: A nod to the quintessential model of good urbanism, "old" urbanismIt seems like almost every house had a perch or widow's walk, their own individual tower from which to survey the sheer genius of the New Urbanist plan.

Highway 30A on Florida's Panhandle has spawned other New Urbanist communities since Seaside (1981), including Rosemary Beach (also by DPZ) and this new one called Alys Beach.
A lovelier parking lot I have not seen...
Mediterranean Villas without the historic crust

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