What's a transect?
The transect, an urban planning model created by Andrés Duany/DPZ, defines a series of zones that transition from rural to the urban core. Each transect zone is defined by broad characteristics that promote holistic community design in favor of suburban sprawl.
Dense concentration of mixed-use, with residential, business, cultural, entertainment & active retail. Wide range of lot sizes, configurations & open spaces in the form of urban parks & plazas.
Dense, fully mixed-use habitat of community including housing. Buildings are generally a maximum of 5 stories. Open space consists of more formal squares & plazas defined by surrounding buildings.
The generalized, but primarily residential habitat of a community. Categorized by low-rise buildings, typically under 4 stories. Offices, housing & retail begin to mix. Open space consists of informal greens & squares.
The least dense and most residential habitat of a community. Categorized by low-rise buildings limited office & retail.
Open space, often agricultural in nature. Sparsely populated with buildings that traditionally supported agricultural activities, should be protected from sprawling development.
Open space legally protected from development in perpetuity.