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flexible design

Leafs, trees and forests are examples of growth, adaptability and suitability within a repetitive system.

Some trees are better suited to some environments than others. We can think of this as the environment being suitable for the tree, or the tree made the environment better for more trees to grow. Hex City aims to be the latter, were the city creates the environment that encourages and sustains growth.

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seamless transport
environmental zoning
connected community
decentralized city
flexible design

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suit; horses for courses

The size of each hexagon is considered when the system is applied to the land. They are all to be of similar size. A small residential zone could be a strip of land approximately 0.5 km wide and 1 km long ( + 25000 people). A large one could be 1 km wide and 2 km long ( + 100000 people). The bigger the hexagon, the greater the walking distances; this could be problematic. The samller the hexagon, the shorter the slip roads; this could be problematic. The diameter of the hexagon could be 1.5 km or 3 km.

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adapt; the world is not flat

The design easily adapts to various kinds of topography, stretching around small mountains, encompassing lakes or crossing rivers. Imagine a fishing net that can be pulled here and there to accommodate geographical features or existing urban centers.

Hex City is suitable for in-land expansions. Coastal cities would benefit from a different arrangement of roads and zoning.

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grow; rome was not built in a day

Hex City is a modular cohesive extendable system that can grow without jeopardizing the system as a whole. Building adjacent hexagons to an existing Hex City is the process of constructing roads to the pre designed master plan in the un-built part of the city.

New Hex Cities have to create a master plan that will cater for the predicted growth over 50 or 100 years. Once the master plan is established, the initial hexagons are constructed. Depending on the budget, these initial hexagons can vary from a single hexagon to several hexagons.

Existing cities that are adopting a Hex City design for new developments must take the necessary steps to apply the design throughout the whole city, to some degree, to benefit from this system.

Existing cities that are adopting a Hex City will take many years to fully become a Hex City. The master plan is laid out over the existing infrastructure. Zoning and space allocated for roads will determine how the land can be used from here on.

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