OF THE BUILDING PROCESS
This website gives you a step-by-step process, for laying out large neighborhoods, small neighborhoods, building complexes, and buildings, using generative code.
The process begins with large and general aspects of layout, and gradually works its way down to detailed issues of planning, buildings, road layout, common public space, gardens. It also includes material helping you to manage, or build, the implementation, or parts of the implementation of such a project.
To lay out a neighborhood, or any portion of a neighborhood, you use the "unfoldings" that appear on the ACTION & PRACTICE pages (see menu to the left), one at a time. This will allow the design, layout and structure of the neighborhood to unfold, step by step, until it is complete.
The unfoldings are arranged in groups, each dealing with a typical phase in creating or repairing a neighborhood. To simplify your tasks, use the groups of unfoldings roughly in the order they are presented. As you become familiar with and work with the unfoldings, you'll find that you can modify them, and create new ones that are specific to the physical attributes and culture of your neighborhood.
Print out the unfoldings in groups, or individually, to study them carefully at the site on which you are building. The WORKBOOK is offered to support the work you do by yourself and with others, making the unfoldings and other materials easily accessible. All these materials and your ideas and notes can be assembled together there.
The DRAWING PAD is also a vitally useful tool. With it, you can create realistic site maps and drawings on which each new unfolding is built, gradually bringing coherence to the whole project.
|THIS IS AN EVOLVING WEB SITE|
WHY IS THIS SITE RUNNING, WHEN IT IS NOT YET FINISHED?|
SHOULD IT BE DESIGNATED AS A BETA-SITE?
We are working hard every day to make this site useful to you. Even in its current state, we believe it will help you significantly, if you use the material.
Several newly introduced sections now form the core of the site's operational purpose. These include the WORKBOOK, the DRAWING PAD, and the extensive LIST OF UNFOLDINGS (see menu, left and above). They are, for the time being, in an experimental state. We need to build a very substantial number of unfoldings -- possibly several hundred unfoldings, before the site works fully. We also need months of further refinement on the drawing pad, which is a vitally important part of the site.
All this will require months of ongoing, live experiments, so that we can modify the way the material is presented in a form that works as well as possible, for people who are using it to help themselves lay out new neighborhoods, or buildings.
We could have chosen to wait until these experiments were complete, before opening the site to the public. However, this is a non-profit site, and our aim is not financial, but to give people help, in a practical setting, so that the huge change ultimately implied by the way this website works, has a chance to catch up on contemporary forms of planning, and construction, and development.
In addition, we cannot make the necessary changes and innovations effective, unless we do it with your help!
If you have comments, please let us hear from you.
THANK YOU to all our users, for sharpening our wits, and for allowing us to serve you.|