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ACTION LIST
PARTIAL LIST OF CURRENTLY
AVAILABLE UNFOLDINGS (to be extended)

To lay out a neighborhood, or any portion of a neighborhood, we suggest you use the following steps, or "unfoldings," one at a time. The process of using these unfoldings will allow the design, layout, and structure of the neighborhood to take form gradually until it is complete.

Please read through the unfoldings and select those which seem most interesting and useful for your project.

Choose the unfoldings you want to use, and download them for your workbook. You and your colleagues can then refer to them in the workbook when you are working on the site, or meeting elsewhere.

The unfoldings you have chosen will help you to implement a chain of actions that allow a living neighborhood to grow step by step.

The unfoldings in the following table are listed in the approximate order they would normally be used




            STARTUP & VISION
   Worksheet: Fill out a worksheet describing your idea
   People: Slowly and deliberately, bring in people you know, who want to be involved
   Basemap: Make a detailed basemap of the area where your new neighborhood will be
   Vision: Together, close your eyes, and imagine the neighborhood as in a true vision. You wait for it, and let it come of its own accord into your eyes-shut mind.
   Poetry: In words, write down your vision of the place, in the most emotional language


            DIAGNOSIS OF THE LAND
   Introduction: Introduction to diagnosis
   The whole: Observe and sketch the deep configuration of the whole
   Precious places: Identify the most beautiful and precious places
   Repair: Identify spots and areas that most need repair
   Draw: Draw diagnosis on your map
   GPS: Use GPS for exact positioning, and transfer to the map



            CUSTOMIZE OUR GENERATIVE CODE TO FIT
                      YOUR PROJECT
   Entities: Identify the most important entities and centers that will give the neighborhood its visionary character. These are not yet located, but identified and described, as to type.
   Items of code: Write them up, as items of generative code, generic in nature, not specific to any one location, and having the emotional power of the visions established in #1.5 above.
   Locations: Now -- separately -- consider possible locations in the neighborhood, where these special entities might be built
   Workbook entries: Insert the descriptions of these special entities, into this generative code you have downloaded to your workbook. These will need to be given special sheets, that you must make for yourselves inside your workbook.
   Publish: If you feel that these entities your neighborhood has discovered, or pioneered, may be helpful to other neighborhoods, then add them to this website, for others to use as well.



            PLACE, SIZE, AND SHAPE MAJOR PUBLIC SPACES
   Pedestrians first: A general proposition - Pedestrians first, cars later
   Main center: Find and locate the main neighborhood center
   Paths: Locate the most paths along beautiful spots and lines
   Minor centers: Locate minor public centers as far as makes sense
   Shaping centers: Go back over all the public spaces you have located so far, and give each one a size and shape appropriate to its position. In doing this you are, step by step, to begining to shape the shared space of the community



            BEGIN DECISIONS ABOUT BUILDING POSITIONS
   Building fronts: Building fronts must be positioned to generate valuable, positive space between them
   Main center: Find and locate the main neighborhood center
   Paths: Locate the most paths along beautiful spots and lines
   Minor centers: Locate minor public centers as far as makes sense
   Shaping centers: Go back over all the public spaces you have located so far, and give each one a size and shape appropriate to its position. In doing this you are, step by step, to begining to shape the shared space of the community

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