Real Estate Development: David Burney

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Presentation by David Burney, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction. Given at the 2011 Urban Systems Symposium, as part of the Real Estate Development panel.

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Real Estate Development: David Burney

  1. 1. 1 hour = 1000 years 9 minutes ago 4 hours ago40 hours ago 10 hours ago Cities Industry Civilization Agriculture Hunter - gatherers
  2. 2. South Bronx, New York City, 1975
  3. 3. Fundamentals of Urban Infrastructure“Hard” PhysicalInfrastructure context(systems)“Soft” PerceptionInfrastructure and values Moving from a Mechanistic to a Biological view of the city.
  4. 4. Forces that shape changeBusiness activity, Public policy,Employment Local Laws MACRO MICRO Demographics, Land use, Civic groups Architecture, Sustainability
  5. 5. Creating a moreenticing andwalkable publicrealm.
  6. 6. City Policy + ImplementationNYC World Class Streets Remaking NYC’s public realm: • Street Design Manual • Plaza Program • World Class Boulevards • Complete Streets Projects and  Design Standards • Public Art Program • New Streetscape Materials • Coordinated Street Furniture  Program • Weekend Pedestrian and  Cycling Streets
  7. 7. Urban Design “The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.” – Jane Jacobs Take advantage  Adjacency of offices and  Supermarkets and  of  New York’s  residences to services &  farmers markets  Rich Mix of Uses amenities encourage  promotes local walking healthy nutrition
  8. 8. Urban DesignParks/ Play Areas/ Plazas Convenient parks and  Design parks for  Attractive plazas have  plazas encourage local cultures and for  mix of trees, lighting,  active utilization range of age groups water fountains &  movable/ fixed seating
  9. 9. Urban DesignTransit Access Provide attractive  and  sheltered seating areas  to encourage use  of transit routes Separate bus lanes  from traffic to make  transit more convenient
  10. 10. Urban DesignPedestrian Environment / Traffic CalmingCalm traffic with  Reduce crossing landscaped medians and  distances with curved roadway segments median refuge islands 
  11. 11. Urban DesignPedestrian Environment / Streetscape Provide places of rest Enliven the sidewalk  Attractive plazas have  to complement with street cafes mix of trees, lighting, &  active walking  movable/ fixed seating and jogging Integrate public art into the streetscape
  12. 12. Urban DesignBicycle Network and Infrastructure Encourage use through Provide attractive signage, development of wayfinding, and  Interconnected Bikeways secure bike parking
  13. 13. Site + Building DesignBicycle parking + storage Secure Bike Storage with Easy Access 

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