Transect Urbanism – Readings in Human Ecology

The Rural-to-Urban Transect is a unifying theory, which serves as a framework for the various disparate fields designing and preserving thriving communities. This book compiles the principal essays, diagrams, and images on the subject. It includes historical, practical, and theoretical insights.

In addition to identifying previously published essays, the editors commissioned preeminent academics and professionals to write on the use of the Transect in their areas of expertise, including retail, zoning, thoroughfare design, environmental sustainability, and philosophy. 

“Conventional suburbia can be slowly transformed, at least in part, through “sprawl repair.” Urban designer and author Galina Tachieva relates sprawl repair to other transformations of the built environment over time, from villages to city neighborhoods, and from walled European cities to the cities of today. Sequence images show how Transects can emerge and evolve over time. In that way, the theory can help to transform badly designed single-use sprawl into Transect zones with specific character.”

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Edited by Andres Duany, DPZ CoDESIGN Founding Partner, and Brian Falk, Director of the Center for Applied Transect Studies, the book features more than a dozen contributors including: Galina Tachieva, Charles C. Bohl, David Brain, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Emily Talen, Bruce Donnelly, Sandy Sorlien, Daniel K. Slone, Seth Harry, Sidney Brower, Philip Bess, and Andres Duany.

The book is available to order on Amazon, Books and Books, and ORO Editions

Transect for Sprawl Repair

Human settlements are resilient and successional in nature. They change, going through cycles of regression, deterioration and advancement. Even the most cosmopolitan cities started as meager hamlets on crossroads, but then grew and matured, while regenerating their physical environment multiple times throughout their histories. Today’s image of American urbanism is inseparable from the image of sprawl: endless, soulless, wasteful, but most importantly, malfunctioning. This predicament may signal a pivotal point, as has happened in previous civilizations, when quantitative and qualitative changes converge and the paradigm shifts towards better human habitats.

Sprawl Repair Module for the SmartCode

A SmartCode module addressing strategies for the infill of sprawl, including a transect of sprawl types. Repair strategies include overall patterns, street retrofits, and retrofit at the lot and block scale.