Sensitive Design Principles
As amended by the Development Review Board on March 8, 2001
Development should respect and enhance the unique climate, topography, vegetation and historical context of Scottsdale's Sonoran desert environment, all of which are considered amenities that help sustain our community and its quality of life. The following design principles will help improve and reinforce the quality of design in our community:
- The design character of any area should be enhanced and strengthened by new development.
- Building design should consider the distinctive qualities and character of the surrounding context and, as appropriate, incorporate those qualities in its design.
- Building design should be sensitive to the evolving context of an area over time.
- Scenic views of the Sonoran desert and mountains
- Archaeological and historical resources
- A design should respond to the unique terrain of the site by blending with the natural shape and texture of the land while minimizing disturbances to the natural environment.
- Streetscapes should provide continuity among adjacent uses through use of cohesive landscaping, decorative paving, street furniture, public art and integrated infrastructure elements.
- Design elements should be included to reflect a human scale, such as the use of shelter and shade for the pedestrian and a variety of building masses.
- To control the visual impact of a building's height and size
- To highlight important building volumes and features, such as the building entry.
- Interior spaces should be extended into the outdoors both physically and visually when appropriate
- Materials with colors and coarse textures associated with this region should be utilized.
- A variety of textures and natural materials should be used to provide visual interest and richness, particularly at the pedestrian level. Materials should be used honestly and reflect their inherent qualities
- Features such as shade structures, deep roof overhangs and recessed windows should be incorporated.
- Design strategies and building techniques, which minimize environmental impact, reduce energy consumption, and endure over time, should be utilized.
- The character of the area should be emphasized through the careful selection of planting materials in terms of scale, density, and arrangement
- The landscaping should compliment the built environment while relating to the various uses.
- Water, as a landscape element, should be used judiciously
- Water features should be placed in locations with high pedestrian activity.
- A balance should occur between the ambient light levels and designated focal lighting needs.
- Lighting should be designed to minimize glare and invasive overflow, to conserve energy, and to reflect the character of the area.
- Signage should be designed to be complementary to the architecture, landscaping and design theme for the site, with due consideration for visibility and legibility.
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