Shadow Study and High Rise Impacts

21 May

Summer is here…right!? Either way the recent sunlight posed an interesting question among friends who live in the shadows of nearby high rises, ‘Besides traffic and density concerns, what can such highrises do to our streets and daily atmosphere?’

These days large scale developments (buildings over 9 stories) are often required or strongly urged to provide ‘shadow studies‘. These are pretty nifty visual diagrams that show where a building’s shadow falls during different times of the day and during different times of year (often when the sun is highest in our sky and lowest).

To some this may seem a bit over protective but think about it, you live in a residential area and suddenly two blocks away a 30 story building goes in. Your morning’s, once bathed in sunlight, are now forever dark. Not to sound too melodramatic but these types of incidents happen all the time. In other cases, park remains sunny for less time as a shadow sweeps across its grass throughout the day like a sundial. Streets become canyons in some cases (just go downtown).

As your sun bathing this weekend, take a look around and see if your roof deck, favorite spot in the park or kitchen window is in danger of becoming sunless.

Just another example of why we need to be vigilant about high rise development in Edgewater.

Thanks for the tip Summer.

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