Friday, May 6, 2011

Hexagonal grids for town planning | Articles - Publishing Titles | GeoPlace

Thinking Outside the Blocks: Hexagonal Planning Ready for a Comeback | Articles - Publishing Titles | GeoPlace:
"When tiled into a honeycomb shape, the natural properties of hexagons provide the greatest area with the smallest perimeter compared to any other pattern. This can be translated into the language of a planner or developer to indicate that the length of road for a given area will be less in a hexagonal network than with any other shape, including the square. And water, sewer and other utility installations closely follow street layout. Roadways provide the most convenient and economical location to place gas mains, water and sewer pipes; so as road length changes, so does the need and costs for corresponding infrastructure."

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