How can you build efficient Urban communities, homes, and businesses?

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Building Codes

No need to re-invent the wheel with community building codes.  A significant investment of effort has already been made by the Center for Applied Transect Studies in creating a set of codes to support livable spaces in urban and suburban neighborhoods.

https://transect.org/codes.html

I gravitate towards T3 personally. I find T6 problematic.

I'm living in T4, and loving it.

Shouldn't there be a place for all six Transects?

The more interesting question to me is how to map these intellectual categories onto an actual physical landscape. I suggest https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_McHarg#Design_with_Nature. In his day he worked with overlaying transparencies. Today we have tools like heat maps and vector matrixes to apply to the situation.

In 1969, he published Design with Nature, which was essentially a book of step-by-step instructions on how to break down a region into its appropriate uses.[4] McHarg also was interested in garden design and believed that homes should be planned and designed with good private garden space. He promoted an ecological view, in which the designer becomes very familiar with the area through analysis of soil, climate, hydrology, etc. Design With Nature was the first work of its kind "to define the problems of modern development and present a methodology or process prescribing compatible solutions".[5] The book also affected a variety of fields and ideas. Frederick R. Steiner tells us that "environmental impact assessment, new community development, coastal zone management, brownfields restoration, zoo design, river corridor planning, and ideas about sustainability and regenerative design all display the influence of Design with Nature".[2]