Transect Diagram by DPZ & Company, modified by S. Sorlien 2010.

Please visit the Center for Applied Transect Studies and Smartcode Local for information about planning for walkable neighborhoods, including downtowns. A transect is a cut or path through the environment. In each town or city, we sample (by measuring and photographing) the DNA of the best parts of their local rural-to-urban transect. That's what New Urbanists use to customize a new zoning or design code to replace dysfunctional separated-use zoning. Identifying changes along a transect allows us to protect and create distinct habitats within walking distance of each other, from farmlands to the center of town.

Follow the Street Trip blog for day-to-day adventures along the Transect.


Links to Sandy’s books:
Fifty Houses
Imagining Antarctica
SmartCode & Manual


Center for Applied Transect Studies

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©2006 Sandy Sorlien.