Design Guidelines

Sam Lubell outlines the good and bad of recent small lot design guidelines approved by Los Angeles.
Jul 6, 2014   The Architect's Newspaper
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his intentions to create ordinances that would prevent future design controversies like the maligned Trump sign above the Chicago River.
Jun 27, 2014   Chicago Tribune
The most conspicuous example of Chicago's recent spat of troubling signage is a 2,891-square-foot sign 200 feet above street level on the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
Jun 13, 2014   Chicago Tribune
The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a pedestrian footbridge for a large development west of Downtown. The approval came suddenly and despite the protests of advocates, planning professionals, and the volunteer City Planning Commission.
May 25, 2014   Los Angeles Times
An update to Toronto's Tall Building Design Guidelines seeks to address problems with the seven-year-old planning document, while strengthening the protections afforded historic properties, key sightlines, and local context.
May 29, 2013   The Toronto Star
James Brasuell discusses the contentious proposal to adopt citywide design guidelines for use by L.A.'s City Council. While the guidelines are intended to raise the level of design throughout the city, some argue they will stifle good design.
Feb 28, 2013   The Architect's Newspaper
That's the title of a draft report from the Australian Dept. of Infrastructure and Transport presenting model processes for creating high-quality urban environments.
Oct 21, 2011   Architecture and Design
Some critics say the proposed voluntary measures don’t have teeth, while others worry they lay the groundwork for overdevelopment.
Oct 26, 2010   The Architect's Newspaper
Brookhaven, New York received a 43-page Design Guideline document from their consultants. The city asked to have it all boiled down to one sheet, front and back.
Sep 10, 2010   New Urban Network