Environment-Influenced Zoning-E. I. Z.

David S. Alberts
John Marshall Davis

DOI: 10.2190/CMR7-BH7T-QB3C-K4DV


This paper explores the concept of environment-influenced zoning as a rational guide for the development of urban areas. Of all the regulatory powers that city government possesses, zoning is by far the most inclusive one which deals with our physical environment. To date its provisions and patterns have not been based upon predictive or testable theories. Rather, they have been based upon precedent and tradition. Zoning can be related to the fundamental energies of the environment, resulting in different patterns for cities of different latitude, topography, and street grids. The methodology proposed can apply to the design of new cities as well as the evolution of existing cities.

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