Daleville Town Center was created as a traditional neighborhood development, which
borrows from urbanism principles.
According to the Center for Design Excellence:
Compact, walkable places are the most sustainable form of living. The combination of human-scale urbanism, with a mix of uses and services, a range of housing options, extensive train systems, and the ability to walk and bicycle as part of daily life all make for sustainable, green living. Add safe, clean, renewable energy, and true sustainability results.
According to NewUrbanism.org:
The principles of urbanism can be applied increasingly to projects at the full range of scales, from a single building to an entire community.
- Pedestrian-friendly street design.
- Sidewalk lights.
- Most things within a 10-minute walk.
- Interconnected street-grid network disperses traffic and eases walking.
- A hierarchy of narrow streets, boulevards and alleys.
- High quality pedestrian network and public realm makes walking pleasurable.
- A mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes on site.
- Mixed-use within neighborhoods, within blocks and within buildings.
- Diversity of people - of ages, income levels, cultures and races.
- A range of types, sizes and prices in closer proximity.
- Emphasis on beauty, aesthetics, human comfort and creating a sense of place.
- Special placement of civic uses and sites within community.
- Human-scale architecture and beautiful surroundings nourish the human spirit.
- Discernable center and edge.
- Public space at center.
- Importance of quality public realm; public open space designed as civic art.
- A range of uses and densities within 10-minute walk.
- Transect planning: Highest densities at town center; progressively less dense toward the edge. The transect is an analytical system that conceptualizes mutually reinforcing elements, creating a series of specific natural habitats and/or urban lifestyle settings. The transect integrates environmental methodology for habitat assessment with zoning methodology for community design. The professional boundary between the natural and man-made disappears, enabling environmentalists to assess the
- Design of the human habitat and the urbanists to support the viability of nature. This urban-to-rural transect hierarchy has appropriate building and street types for each area along the continuum.
- More buildings, residences, shops and services closer together for ease of walking to enable a more efficient use of services and resources, and to create a more convenient, enjoyable place to live.
- New Urbanism design principles are applied at the full range of densities from small towns to large cities.
- A network of high quality trains connecting cities, towns and neighborhoods together.
- Pedestrian-friendly design that encourages a greater use of bicycles, rollerblades, scooters and walking as daily transportation.
- Minimal environmental impact of development and its operations.
- Eco-friendly technologies, respect for ecology and value of natural systems.
- Energy efficiency.
- Less use of finite fuels.
- More local production.
- More walking, less driving.
- Taken together these add up to a high quality of life well worth living, and create places that enrich, uplift and inspire the human spirit.