C. Integrate higher density commercial, resi-dential and mixed uses into the existing
neighborhood to support activity and safety.
• Utilize innovative and sensitive design ele-ments to combine all new and existing landuses into one complimentary attractive envi-ronment.
• Encourage architectural details and variedfaçade materials to visually break up tallerbuildings or those of great mass.• Step upper floors of buildings back to relateto the smaller scale of the existing neighbor-hood.
Principle Four: Attractive Architecture & Design
• Visually tie together buildings of differentscales and uses to create one identity usingsimilar details, materials and transitions onscale.
• Orient building entrances toward transit toencourage transit use and create a vibrantpublic realm around buildings and transitareas.
A traditional block near one of the District’s transit stopsincludes a variety of opportunities for housing and retail
with varying heights and styles of buildings that work together to create an interesting streetscape.
Source: Tara Penders
Contemporary design can add interest, new residents, and
critical activity to a neighborhood street.
ANATOMY OF A BLOCK
On blocks near transit areas in the District of Columbia you will find a number of diff erent
uses, building types and building heights. This isnormal for many urban neighborhoods.
Imagine walking around a typical block. On thecorner you may find an elegant old eight storyapartment building. Next door is a row of smaller,
four story multi-family homes along side 2 to 3story row houses. At the far corner is a neighbor-
hood corner store with a residence above it andsingle-family homes extending down the block.At the next corner, you encounter some attrac-tive condominium buildings about 6 stories inheight. At the fourth corner is a large retail
building with shops, offices and residential units.Parking is accommodated behind the building atthe interior of the block.You can find this block, or a variation on it,throughout the District. Some blocks may havemore single-family houses, some may be withoutretail, but many will have a diversity of housingtypes and densities occurring on the block. Thisvariation of use and building heights adds inter-est to the block, as well as activity and safety tothe neighborhood.