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A Practical, Purposeful Urban Pattern

This 16 ha (40 ac) layout pattern for a neighbourhood incorporates patterns by several urbanists and from historic cities or projects:

a) short connected cul-de-sacs from Raymond Unwin and Stein

b) Looped Local Roads from Alexander pattern #49)

c) Streets and Paths, common green also from Alexander

d) T Junctions (Alexander # 50)

e) Network of Paths and Cars (Alexander # 52)

f) Paths and Goals (Alexander #120)

g) Central green from the Savannah plan

h)Accessible Green (Alexander #60) or small public squares #61

i) Orthogonal shapes from Hippodamus and the Romans


This configurration aims to:

a) exclude cut-through traffic

b) involve fewer street crossings

c) enable easy, direct access on foot

d) make the open space a crssroads

e) reduce speeds via short stret lengths

f) reduce the area of asphalt


It fuses the orthogonal open car grid with the filtered permeability of a pedestrian grid. It thus creates a Fused Grid (see Wiki article)

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Taken on February 27, 2012