No there can be a lot going on in a human scaled

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no There can be a lot going on in a human scaled setting. Buildings designed in section rather than plan may better address human dimensions and movement. yes
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Newbury Street, Boston Shared architectural characteristics—for the most part—allow disparate facades to coexist: vertical emphasis, building width, fenestration, materials, color. S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee Much of Tallahassee’s downtown urban fabric was lost to redevelopment in the 20th century, but what remains continues the historical role of fabric buildings, including framing the street and adapting to purposes not foreseen when the buildings were built. D E S I G N R E V I E W D I S T R I C T S T a l l a h a s s e e - L e o n C o u n t y P l a n n i n g D e p a r t m e n t G A I N E S S T R E E T ±¸ P R I N C I P L E S U R BA N D E S I G N 2. 2.e. Fit the Neighborhood PRINCIPLE N eighborhoods have recognizable physical, functional, or lifestyle characteristics that set them apart from other places in the city. Strength can vary, but a context of buildings, streetscape, landscape and use surrounds and supports every site and building. Designing a new building to become part of a neighborhood begins with a designer’s thorough appreciation of an existing context, and/or a familiarity with a new context intended by regulations and guidelines. Neighborhood context is strong in the ASN-A and -B districts. In other districts, despite the presence of potentially reusable existing buildings, a new context will be established as private development proceeds. New development must be compatible with the existing or intended context of a location’s predominant urban form, as found in patterns of lot sizes, building orientation, lot coverage, building mass, patterns of pedestrian movement, and the relationship of buildings to the street. Most redevelopment in the Gaines Street districts, especially flexible, adaptable mixed-use buildings, will be “urban fabric” buildings. While distinctive buildings are encouraged in every neighborhood, buildings and spaces must complement each other within the established architectural context of building mass and proportion, roof shapes, fenestration, materials and color, etc., while following the standards and guidelines adopted for the district. Street character is enriched by a collection of buildings that evidence a development of architectural elements and styles over time, within a recognized architectural context of tectonics, materials, and proportion. GUIDELINES New development should enrich the qualities of existing urban places. New development should not make existing viable, appropriate, characteristic buildings or uses look or feel out of place. Where context is non-existent or undesirable by these guidelines, new development should set a strong desirable precedent for others to follow.
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