Development of the Community Schematic

The following is based on the efficient six sided "honeycomb" design used by bees. Access lanes are denoted by straight dashed lines. Each group of six dwellings or buildings is surrounded by a ring road or lane. These are 1200' in diameter. Each dwelling is allocated a circle of 300' in diameter with 150' for structures. Access would be by one of the three entry points equidistant on the larger circle (3,600' in diameter) and then curving around the ring road to the individual lane. In this manner there is a combination of community and individuality. At this point the center circle would be reserved for community style structures.

Community Schematic

This page includes the initial concept as it was originally written. Map Credit: Google Maps, 2016.

Community Layout

For the community layout, the precedent established by the geometric shapes used for the "growth pathways" will be retained. That is, the planning will begin in the center, a six sided figure or hexagon will be used and circles instead of rectangles will be used to denote the area taken up by each structure. The structure could still be built in a rectangular fashion, as is common in North America, but the space defined for the structure and the area immediately around it will be defined by a circle, not a rectangle. In addition, an area the author is intimately familiar with, the farm of his growing up years and the area immediately surrounding it, will be used to gain a sense of scale. This already has resulted in an area of about a kilometer square (though it is not certain at this point how much of that area will be used up).

In the latest rendition (12/15 2100), the basic idea of the "growth pathways" schematic is retained, but the circles sizes at a 300' outside diameter are retained (for now). Then, to give each family, group, individual the room they need between the next "property" (still within the community), half that size (or 150') is given between the properties. Also the "swirl" in a counter clockwise rotation is maintained, just to give it effect (at least from an aerial point of view).

Synergy

One of the benefits of having planning like this is that the combination of professions from various disciplines as well as the different types of trades should have a synergestic effect. That is, if a machine breaks down, not only should there be someone in the community who could fix it, but there should also be someone (be it an engineer, physicist or chemist) who would be able to understand the why and the how, and ideally be able to improve on the design or even make the required device from scratch. This would then be important to keep in mind in the design, not only at the building and equipment level, but who to accept into the community so that the skill sets and personalities will match and balance each other out.