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Old Posted May 16, 2019, 9:22 PM
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This could be so much better. Design here and on other big sites is stifled by totally artificial height limits that hold buildings to 22 floors max, and often much lower. The current Citadel rampart view restrictions would actually allow an additional 7 or 8 floors with no impact on viewplanes to harbour. The towers could then be forced to be more narrow, with the same overall square footage, but allow more sunlight penetration to streets and make the shadows move faster. Result would be more interesting architecture and better urban design. Imagine if the Maple had been 30 floors instead of 22 but only 2/3 as wide. The fake height limits need to be removed.
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Old Posted May 17, 2019, 12:13 AM
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This could be so much better. Design here and on other big sites is stifled by totally artificial height limits that hold buildings to 22 floors max, and often much lower. The current Citadel rampart view restrictions would actually allow an additional 7 or 8 floors with no impact on viewplanes to harbour. The towers could then be forced to be more narrow, with the same overall square footage, but allow more sunlight penetration to streets and make the shadows move faster. Result would be more interesting architecture and better urban design. Imagine if the Maple had been 30 floors instead of 22 but only 2/3 as wide. The fake height limits need to be removed.
I could not agree more with this. The skyline from multiple view points is just becoming a more dense table top. Let's shake it up a little!
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Old Posted May 17, 2019, 12:58 AM
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This could be so much better. Design here and on other big sites is stifled by totally artificial height limits that hold buildings to 22 floors max, and often much lower. The current Citadel rampart view restrictions would actually allow an additional 7 or 8 floors with no impact on viewplanes to harbour. The towers could then be forced to be more narrow, with the same overall square footage, but allow more sunlight penetration to streets and make the shadows move faster. Result would be more interesting architecture and better urban design. Imagine if the Maple had been 30 floors instead of 22 but only 2/3 as wide. The fake height limits need to be removed.
Absolutely, as was discussed at length here in earlier versions of this thread when much taller buildings were proposed. But you need to understand this is peak HRM Council at work. They cater to loud minority activist groups and we are all the poorer for it. In the case if the view planes bylaws it was catering to the aged members of the Heritage Trust back in the '70s, and Council has steadfastly refused to revisit that issue despite the changes in the city in the intervening decades. We see it today in their kowtowing to a loud but tiny group of cycling zealots, spending millions to tear up streets, restrict traffic and parking and generally make life less livable for most so that an occasional cyclist can pass with some added but delusional feeling of safety or self-assurance. Plans were released today that would make South Park St into a cartpath for vehicles. They are currently tearing up Allan St to do something similar. It is ridiculous. Vote these bums out in the next election.
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