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elementsdb catalogues comparably illustrated and measured examples of urban land uses. It is based on the concept that urban form is comprised of replicable elements (or cases) - parcels of land and public rights of way - that can be categorized by land use: open space; streets; residential; commercial; civic; and industrial, and can be organized by type and intensity.

Each elementsdb case is based on a real example, and is measured and illustrated to rigorous standards and graphic conventions. Included are data such as density, Floor Area Ratio (FAR), building and site use and coverage, and illustrative data such as photos, plans, and 3D models. Most information is collected from public sources and simplified from the source data for clarity and comparability.

This is a beta version of elementsdb. New cases are added regularly. You are seeing the "public" view- a shallow subset of the information available about each case. You are welcome to explore and use the database. We also welcome your feedback.


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Architecture; Community and Regional Planning; Environmental Design; Landscape Architecture