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Density measures the degree to which a space or area is filled with people, residential structures or built-up floor area. It is useful when deciding on urban design guidelines and planning standards, but it generally falls short of adequately describing an existing urban environment.

The information in the following example is based on a thesis by Elizabeth N. Kamnell, MArch, MIT, in which she compares the Stuyvesant Town site in New York with plans of similar blocks - both real and imagined.

Drag your mouse across the color tiles to see the various site designs. Click any of the individual colors to see FAR information about the related design.

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