Break Up Big Buildings

Use demise lines to make big buildings smaller
  • Jeff Speck


DIVVYING UP THE DESIGN of multiple buildings is easy, but what about individual buildings that are too large? Clearly, civic buildings, monumental skyscrapers, and other iconic structures benefit from having a single master architect who imposes a unified vision. But most big buildings are neither civic nor monumental; they’re just big. Many cities are currently witnessing the construction of block-long buildings—most often housing—on blocks that are as much as 600 feet long. These are especially common in urbanizing suburbs where blocks are intentionally built large in order to hide central parking lots.

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