SURPRISING, BUT NECESSARY CHANGESIn current practice, there are many conventions of sequence, which have become part of the accepted wisdom, in planning, architecture, and development. For example:
  • Roads are built before the buildings they serve
  • Sewers are laid before the building are built
  • Houses are placed, and the garden is whatever is left on the lot, comes second
  • Windows are designed and positioned at the time the building's plans are submitted for plan check
  • Drawings are completed before any construction work is done
  • Neighborhood plans are completed, before any construction work is done.
  • Public spaces are designed after individual buildings.
  • Changes are done by change orders, and therefore become very expensive.

    When a generative code is used, these same thing happen -- but they occur (of necessity) in an unusual order, not in the order we are used to. For example:

  • Roads are built after the pedestrian structure, not before.
  • Roads are built after the houses, not before.
  • Sewers are laid after public space, not before.
  • When houses are designed, the garden is placed (located) before the house volume is located, not before
  • Construction work begins long before final drawings are ready, and the drawings develop, in parallel with the construction process.
  • Changes are not viewed as change orders, but as part of the builders obligation, provided they stay within parameters of quantity and price.

    These changes of sequence are not whimsical, but necessary. They are necessary, in order to allow a coherent unfolding, of the neighborhood, where the right things come first, and the lesser ones take their place in the context provided by the major things. The "right" things, are the ones which have the biggest impact on the environment from a human and emotional point of view which is capable of making people healthy because their deepest feelings are respected..

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