This tool is the Pocket Code, downloadable as a PDF here at Smartcode Local. It is a development code for walkable neighborhoods, just three pages for existing urbanism. It has two additional pages to help those who want to lay out a whole neighborhood. It is Transect-based but could be adapted to conventional zoning categories, as it is correlated to the basic building dispositions (detached, semi-detached, and attached). This code has been out since 2014 awaiting open source comments and improvements. One question is, does it need illustrations, or is all-text a leaner approach? I would like to see it formatted into a laminated slim-jim so it can be a true pocket code. Some of us started doing that, but did not finish. Let’s at least revisit the text and improve it. Let’s make sure it does not inadvertently disallow any Lean projects that should be part of a vital and varied neighborhood.
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This toolkit steps through all common details of buildings (eaves, handrails, rafter tails, etc.) and illustrates a variety of choices from simple to refined and from reserved to romantic. With this toolkit, one could build many versions of a single floor plan (so long as the massing is simple) and they would have the rich variety commonly found in old towns. This allows for a broader use of stock plans than currently occurs in the better traditional neighborhoods.
This tool is a green rating system meant to be a counterpoint to LEED. Whereas the LEED rating systems are slow, complicated, and expensive, the Scorecard will be fast, friendly, and free. Andrés Duany has called this approach “LEED Brown.”
This toolkit is a collection of illustrated single-crew workplaces for retail, food service, and workshops. It will illustrate each type, and also include a pro forma for what it takes to do the smallest possible place of business that can be run by a single crew. “Starting Impossibly Small” is a place-saver title… suggestions for a better one?