Related Readings

Smart Codes:

The SmartCode is a model transect-based planning and zoning document based on environmental analysis. It addresses all scales of planning, from the region to the community to the block and building. The template is intended for local calibration to your town or neighborhood. As a form-based code, the SmartCode keeps settlements compact and rural lands open, literally reforming the sprawling patterns of separated-use zoning.

The SmartCode is distributed by the nonprofit Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS), which promotes understanding of the built environment as part of the natural environment, through the planning methodology of the rural-to-urban transect. The open-source SmartCode is the most complete transect-based model code to date. CATS offers numerous other transect-based tools, including supplementary Modules designed to plug into assembled codes as needed.


Marcus, Clare Cooper. (2003). Shared Outdoor Space and Community Life [Research and Debate]. Places, 15(2), 32. :


Compendium for the Civic Economy:

Against the context of rapid economic, social and environmental change, a collective reflection is taking place on how to build more sustainable routes to shared prosperity. In the meantime, an increasing number and wide range of change-makers are already finding ways to imagine and grow a different economy in our cities, towns, neighborhoods and villages.

This book presents 25 case studies of this civic economy… the remarkable achievements of these 25 trailblazers show why we need to get better at understanding and recognizing the role of civic entrepreneurship and enable it to turn ideas into action and impact.



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