Housing Quality Zoning - New York City - Michael Kwartler

Housing Quality Zoning was directed by Michael Kwartler for the NYC Urban Design Council in 1975 and sets out an alternative to the conventional zoning legislated in the 1961 Resolution. Since 1961, residential development had been heavily influenced by New York’s zoning ordinance, which prescribed the towerin-the-park form of development. However, as a result of the work of the Urban Design Council, it was revealed that the one-size-fits-all prescribed the requirements of the 1961 Zoning Resolution actually detracted from the human state and character of the City’s traditional neighborhoods.

Housing Quality Zoning was adopted in 1976 by the New York City Planning Commission and was the city’s first performance-based regulations. It is featured in An Introduction to Urban Design (Barnett), received a Progressive Architecture Design Award in 1974, and has become the model for contextual zoning in NYC.
 

Housing Quality Zoning - New York City - Michael Kwartler