Downtown An OverviewDesign GuideDowntown San Antonio has strong architectural and cultural traditions which are the basis for crafting authentic design criteria for the future.
Topics of Discussion Background Policy Framework The Design Criteria Applicable Review Areas Design Guide Vision Principles Purpose Content Key Program Elements Perceived Issues Process
Background – Policy Framework Policies: Design Guidelines havebeen recommended in paststudies. Center CityImplementation Plan2012 Center City StrategicFramework Plan 2012 Downtown NeighborhoodPlan 1999 Master Plan Policies 1997 Historic Design Guidelinesadopted by CouncilSeptember 2012. Historic Districts
Background – The Design Criteria1. Introduction and Overview2. Sidewalks and Setbacks3. Ground Floor Treatment4. Parking and Access5. Massing and Street Wall6. On-Site Open Space7. Architectural Detail8. StreetscapeImprovements9. San Antonio River Walk10. Signage11. Sustainable Design12. Public Art8115103 42912 67
Background – Review Areas DevelopmentReview Downtown The blue area onthis map is the “D”(Downtown) zoningDistrict where theDesign Guide willapply to all newinfill developmentor additions to non-historic structures.
Design Guide - Vision Develop a strong,authentic character. Reinforce Downtown’surban quality. Emphasize thepedestrian realm, withspecific attention on theground floors ofbuildings. Incorporate sustainableelements into the designsolution.
Design Guide - Vision Avoid complicatedcriteria. Architecture in it’stime, place and use. Buildings that exhibitvertical and horizontalarticulation
Design Guide Principles Emphasis on Ground FloorArchitectural treatments
Design Guide Principles Traditional Building Components
Who Benefits? Investors benefit through favorable returns on theirinvestments and through satisfying occupier demand, although thefull pay-off may not be immediate. Developers benefit by attracting investors and higherdensities more easily and hence from enhanced company image. Ifthey retain a stake in their developments for long enough, theyalso benefit from good returns on their investments. Designers benefit because good urban design is cruciallydependent on their input. Occupiers benefit from the better performance, loyalty,health and satisfaction of their residents/employees and fromthe increased prestige that well-designed developmentscommand with guests and clients.
Who Benefits? Everyday users and society as a whole benefit from theeconomic advantages of successful regeneration, including new andretained jobs, and also through access to a better quality environmentand an enhanced range of amenities and facilities. City of San Antonio benefits by meeting their obligation todeliver a well-designed, economically and socially viable environment and oftenby ripple effects to adjoining areas.
Design Guide - Content Generally, theDowntown DesignGuide is intended to: Provide a clear designframework for futuredevelopment in theDowntown. Incorporate a balance ofdesign guidelines andstandards. Promote sustainabledesign solutions.