Due for Tuesday November 17th –

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For next class we need to conclude our FAR and Massing Studies.  You will be required to complete the following –


As a group:

  1. Site Plan – proper labels and terminology – Site Area x FAR = Allowable for each
  2. Isometric Site Plan – same as above in 3d isometric – on each site extrude a 10 foot high mass on the site x FAR to visually represent the allowable massing.  Select two views from opposite sides so that all 4 sites are clearly visible.
  3. Isometric Zoning Envelope – apply the zoning envelope and show us how the massing gets modified based on your rules.  These drawings should match the two views you selected for the Isometric Site Plan.

As an individual:

  1. Isometric Site Plan with massing (pre-FAR Study design) – match the views from above.  Show the version of your design before you completed the FAR/Massing studies.
  2. Isometric Site Plan with massing (modified massing based on FAR study) – match the views from above.  Show your pre-FAR Study design – with additional massing stacked on top to visualize the mass you need to add to your design.
  3. Isometric Site Plan with massing (design sketches) – match the views from above. As my example in class demonstrated – for this step you can show possible massing alternatives to adding in the additional FAR – This is the only step that is optional.
  4. Isometric Site plan with Massing (current design) – match the views from above.  This is your current design with the integrated massing.  For this you must account for all the Allowable Square footage – (do not leave any money on the table) – For this study you must complete and include the calculations from the shared excel spreadsheet.

    You must add color & diagram your site plans (use the isometric views) to illustrate where the entrances of your building are located and if they are for residential, commercial or community spaces.  For each outdoor area indicate if the space is public like the green-way, private (only accessible by a single apartment unit) or semi-private (shared by residents of a building)  – a lobby or resident only outdoor space is semi-private.

    Rules to follow: (fill in your spreadsheet for the following)

    1. You massing must be contained within your zoning envelope.  If you need to go beyond it you must apply to the class for a zoning variance and make a good argument.
    2. If you are not building an a particular site (A/B/C/D) then you must transfer this square footage to another lot.  If you do not use all of the Allowable for a given site you must also transfer this square footage to another lot.
    3. If you have public outdoor space or indoor arcade spaces on your private lots (A/B/C/D) then you need to apply for a zoning bonus.  Check the NYC zoning rules for how this is multiplied and add this bonus to your Allowable buildable square footage. There is a different multiplier for outdoor and arcade spaces.  Add this bonus space to your spreadsheet.  If you leave a lot completely unbuilt (Lot C or D most likely) then you must apply for a zoning bonus and use this square footage on the other lots.   Remember that outdoor spaces shared by the tenants – is semi-private and cannot be used for a zoning bonus.
    4. Remember to calculate your total used square footage for your design and show that you have used all of your allowable square footage.

Screen Captures from Today’s Class

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