Asking what our built environment will look like in the future is a vague and more-or-less impossible question to answer. However, speculating on what cities will look like in the next ten years is a game many in the real estate industry play. Furthermore, wondering where development opportunities lie is a lucrative business.
Typically, asking architects or zoning attorneys about zoning and spending weeks going back and forth is a process that can rack up thousands of dollars, but help may lie in form of Envelope. A break away from New York firm SHoP Architects, Envelope, according to CEO Cindy McLaughlin, shortens this process. It uses zoning data to parametrically mass parcels, covering setbacks, floor area metrics, air-rights, and assemblages, all while specifying use type, though it does not show building skin and other architectural details.
Envelope has been in private beta mode since October 2016 but became available two weeks ago. It was developed with SHoP—who served as incubators—and Sarah Williams, who runs MIT’s civic data design laboratory. “The program affords real privacy for developers as they are speculating. Sometimes this information can spread within the industry and price goes up,” McLaughlin, who is speaking at this month’s Tech+ conference, explained. “The software will be maintained by Envelope staff. It’s a living organism that reflects that reflects ongoing changes in the city,” she added. So far Envelope is only configured for Manhattan but New York’s other boroughs are being worked, as are other cities, said McLaughlin.
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