Envelope is a software company, spun out of a longtime collaboration between award-winning SHoP Architects, and the Director of MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab. The 3D urban mapping platform integrates proprietary geospatial datasets, sophisticated algorithms, and iterative scenario analysis, enabling real estate professionals to visualize opportunity and make faster, smarter, and more discreet investment decisions.
I worked with the team to conduct quality analysis in the lead up the beta release of their first product. I also translated relevant aspects of complicated zoning text into legible diagrams, used as an internal resource for a software team unfamiliar with standard zoning concepts.
Landowners can accumlate leftover FAR from adjoining lots in order to maximize their zoning envelope.
Above the initial base height, the building must setback in accordance with the sky exposure plane. These diagrams explain possible design scenarios.
There are certain rules that must be applied for zoning lots that straddle a mapped district boundary. These diagrams explain things such as FAR movement, adjusted lot coverage, and adjusted sky exposure planes.