Seaside - City of Ideas


By returning to traditional patterns of "old urbanism," Seaside quickly became a place radically different from other new developments based on conventional practices. Inspired by Seaside, real estate professionals began to break the mold of standard criteria such as single-type subdivisions. Architects regained their confidence in design, working with great creativity within a set of building codes. Developers saw that small individual parcels were feasible. Retailers were attracted to this unconventional location because of the power it had to draw people to it. And, early in Seaside's development, the town founders put a civic infrastructure into place that has blossomed with a resident professional repertory theater and a collection of art galleries. It is no coincidence that the founders of Seaside share an enthusiasm for Italian towns of the Renaissance. The Renaissance town, called "Città Ideale" established highly respected models for urbanism. The term Città Ideale is often misunderstood to mean "Ideal City" but, in fact, it describes "A City of Ideas."

From the book: Views of Seaside:
Commentaries and Observations on a City of Ideas
Rizzoli Publishing