Active Design Draft Documents

Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience
This draft document, developed by the Office of the Chief Urban Designer at the NYC Department of City Planning, looks at the sidewalk experience from the pedestrian perspective. It looks at how this experience is shaped by physical elements within the sidewalk space, and how these elements are in turn regulated by various zoning policies. The document provides a resource that can assist policy makers, designers and citizens in advocating for the pedestrian experience and walkability, empowering the reader to make appropriate decision suitable to their local context.

Active Design: Opportunities in Zoning
This draft document, developed by the NYC Department of City Planning, provides guidance and examples of how portions of the Active Design checklists can be translated from guidelines to potential model zoning policies.

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