Fragment of the Generative Code for Neighborhoods

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Make your project unique to its cultural situation in the world, by shaping the baseline code of unfoldings provided by this website to the project's local needs.


On this website, we have provided a baseline system of unfoldings. These deal with very fundamental matters, such as land, diagnosis, topography, relationship to adjacent buildings, relations of building volumes to outdoor space, internal layout, room shape, stairs, windows, doors, ornament, and many construction details and procedures.

Many of these baseline unfoldings (which make up the core of most generative codes) are practical, and useful, and true, in a great variety of different places on earth, in cities and in small towns, and in a variety of cultures and traditions -- even though they undoubtedly need modification or some local variants to make sure the baseline version fits and is useful in the local context.

This situation is quite similar to recently discovered aspects of genetics. It is now known that human beings and widely different organisms, including fish and birds, even insects, share 70% of their genes.

Thus, though it seems amazing, enormously different creatures use the same base system of genes, and then a few (or relatively few) special genes combine with the shared core of genes, to generate a vast range of different and coherent organisms of entirely different types.

Thus it is not far fetched at all, to say that our baseline code (as presented on this website) can form a starting point for all environments. The neighborhoods that will be generated, can be tuned to local conditions, merely by adding in or replacing a few of the unfoldings with others that are just right for that place, time, and culture.

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