The Seaside Plan
The plan for the town of Seaside began in 1978 after Robert Davis was gifted an 80 acre plot of land in the Florida Panhandle. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Robert and his wife Daryl set out to build a “livable” resort town in the “Redneck Riviera” and create a haven for those who missed the communities that were developed when cars were not the dominant form of transportation. Enter Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a lauded husband and wife team from the prestigious architectural firm Arquitectonica. The four of them, along with European classicist and town planner Léon Krier, set out to design the kind of place that had been overlooked in contemporary American town planning. The kind of community we all wish we could be from.
Planning Seaside developed over several years; first in the offices of Arquitectonica and later in the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ). The final plan, the result of many drafts, was completed in about 1985 and is the result of the efforts of DPZ, contributions by Leon Krier, and numerous tests and charrettes.
Explore the development of the plan using the above link along with commentary provided by Andrés Duany (found in the ‘i’ off to the side of the image name). The exploration takes you from an early aerial photo taken in 1965 to the most recent aerial photo taken in 2010. Unless otherwise noted all images are provided courtesy of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company.