Productive Block

The Productive Block

The Organising Component of the Productive City

As a result of the previous steps, the basic unit of organisation of our urban tissue emerges; that is the Productive Block. 

Our new type of urban block is result of a series of generative operations which are driven by the production and distribution of food, and the subsequent programming of the urban circulatory corridors.  This intention is fundamentally different from that of the dominant western model, which prioritises the maximisation of profits from land values for individuals and developers.  Analysis of our generated tissue will expose the effects of this intentionality and reveal new opportunities created for the mutual benefit of the urban community at large. 

A quick scan of our tissue reveals: 
  • - Blocks varying in size/area based on the density of nodes and their connected edges.  
  • - Each block contains concentrations of productive area 
  • - As well as a ring of built clusters, including dwellings and greenhouses
  • - The aggregation of these blocks results in urban corridors, enclosed by built form, which provide the space for public mixing programmes in the kind of densities we have come to associate with urban environments
  • - This density of social mixing opportunities, supported by the productive infrastructures distributed within, begins to suggest how we might meet our stated goal of meeting both urban and productive metrics in a new type of Productive City.

In this section we’ll look at how our block can be optimised for productivity and what kinds of  public spaces and programmes might take advantage of this new kind of organisation.