As green design rises to the forefront of master planning and development, four coastal resort towns in Florida's Panhandle offer valuable lessons: Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and WaterColor. Inspired by traditional communities, they are models for compact, walkable neighborhoods, but rarely are they recognized for deep environmental sensitivity, long before it was fashionable. Nearly 40 years after Seaside was designed, much can be learned about conservation and resiliency, form, connectivity and diversity, economical, incremental and sustainable development.
Bonita Springs, FL
Health, Safety and Welfare
Identify “green” strategies in four coastal resort communities, including compact, small-scale, incremental development. Participants will understand how form-based codes can be utilized to protect the environment., Understand how communities preserve ecologically sensitive lands, while making them accessible, Understand how plant materials and hardscapes provide stability and resiliency in the dynamic coastal landscape., Understand how a variety of designed elements and civic spaces facilitate an active, attractive and resilient community.
Course # 0011014