Lessons from other Cities
London. Paris. Barcelona. Vancouver. San Francisco. Just the name of each city conjures up vastly different images. Like Washington, each has attempted to maintain its distinctive character while accommodating growth. So, as we develop a Height Master Plan for Washington, DC it is only fitting that we look at the series of regulations and policies used to manage building heights in these cities and more.
In short, here’s what we found...London protects historic viewsheds and cluster tall buildings that define its identity as a financial center; Paris protects the central core and allows taller buildings at the gateways and edges of the city; Barcelona allows taller buildings outside historic areas, but limits them to less than the spires of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral; San Francisco clusters taller buildings that step down in scale towards natural features, waterways, and open spaces; and Vancouver is a city where height restrictions protect views out to the natural beauty of the mountains and water.
Read more about these exciting cities and how building height polices shape city identity. Use the comment section below to tell me what you think and which approach might best apply to Washington.
|St. Louis zoning restricts building heights to an elevation of 751 feet mean sea level through a district zone which surrounds the Jefferson National Memorial. The Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch and designed landscape, the Old Courthouse, the Museum of Westward Expansion housed within the Arch, and areas east of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The Arch structure is 630 feet high (approximately 1100 feet above mean sea level at its highest point) a difference of approximately 350 feet relative to other structures.|