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.