plan de récession

English translation: recession plane

French term or phrase:plan de récession
English translation:recession plane
Entered by: Jocelyne S

14:37 Dec 14, 2009
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Architecture
French term or phrase: plan de récession
I'm unsure how to translate this term, which I believe is an architectural expression (and has nothing to do with economics!).

The context is an academic article about urban ambiences; this section explains the differences between city centres and semi-urban areas.

L’espace périurbain est un milieu à paysage « lent », où les vues sont traditionnellement plus longues et les *plans de récession* plus distants.

Many thanks in advance for your architectural insight!

Jocelyne S
Local time: 17:50
recession plane
There is such a trem in architecture / urban planning. I don't know if it is relevant here.
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Terry Richards
Local time: 17:50
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Fantastic, thank you Terry and Gilla for your help.
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2 +3recession plane
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definition of recession plane
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recession plane

There is such a trem in architecture / urban planning. I don't know if it is relevant here.

Terry Richards
Local time: 17:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Fantastic, thank you Terry and Gilla for your help.

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agree  Gilla Evans: I posted this at the same time as you, but by mistake posted a huge reference, so I've removed it and will give you my support. I've posted a reference instead.
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Reference: definition of recession plane

Reference information:
Recession planes are lines that proceed at an angle
from the horizontal, measured from any point 2.5m
vertically above ground level along site boundaries.
The angle of the recession plane varies according to
the compass orientation of the site boundary that it is
measured from. The proposed building must wholly
sit below this recession plane at all points along each

Building Coverage And Recession Planes
An important design element for Kingston is achieving variety in house sizes and designs and a
variety of one and two storey dwellings. To ensure this occurs the amount of building coverage
allowed within each site is varied between the three activity areas as follows:
• Activity Area 1a: 40%
• Activity Area 1b: 35%
• Activity Area 1c: 30%
This helps to avoid houses with overly large footprints that are out of character with Kingston.
In Activity Area 1c building coverage may be increased to 35% where this can be achieved without
affecting the character of the area by dominating the site. Possible design approaches to achieve
this are identified in section (b) Design Elements under the headings Building form, Materials and
colour, Verandahs, porches and eaves.
The recession planes are more generous within the Kingston Village Special Zone than usually found
in a residential development. This encourages two storey dwellings and enables the upper floor
framing to be constructed directly above the ground floor. This technique enables fast and cost
effective construction where first floor bedrooms can be accommodated on a first floor that is
compact and utilises the minimum of material.
A lower building coverage with relaxed recession planes allows more scope to achieve cost effective
housing while retaining sizeable areas of open space within your site and an open character along
the street

Gilla Evans
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Native speaker of: English
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