Transfer of Development Rights by Iskandar Razak
TDR allows for the transaction of development potential from one plot to another.
This talk surveys the evolution and current utility of what began at the turn of last century as unlegislated private transactions in New York City to a prescribed public city-planning tool for various aims including the preservation of heritage around the globe.
Both private and public application have evolved along separate trajectories; the former, aided by building technology, was concerned with end development gain whist the latter sought to harness the former in achieving broader city preservation remits or else environmental and habitability goals.
Recent private TDR application in New York has seen the creation of new building forms that have proven highly contentious whilst public application has evolved into Special Transfer Districts such as the one that contains the New York High Line driven towards the preservation of a cultural/heritage area yet unable to create the conditions for variable built form as the latter. This research looks to potentials for merging concepts in pursuit of preservation in cities whilst allowing variability of age, density and of built form.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Iskandar Razak is an architect who has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and London. He received his architectural education in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and the Architectural Association in London. This talk is based upon observations in practice in Mumbai and subsequent research performed in Auckland for a Masters paper on the subject.