Subdivisions and gated communities are a thing nowadays. For land developers who choose to build small villages on their property, these can easily be sold as homes, land and property are one of the basic needs of people. When you think about it, these communities are microcosms of the larger society. They have inhabitants, infrastructure, trade, security and defense (the neighbourhood watch).
Much like the larger cities, these communities require the most basic building blocks for them to thrive. So if you are an urban planner, a civil engineer, or a city administrator working on a new housing project, here are the basics.
Housing and Habitation
For starters, the planned village must have houses built on them. People need a place to live in, and so the houses are a must. Home builders would do well to be very economic in the use of materials in constructing houses. Modern subdivisions can choose to go for sustainable green homes that will be power-efficient and leave smaller carbon footprints. Once houses are there, the people will be settled nicely.
The houses are only a start. For communities to thrive, they need access to basic utilities and services. The pipelines need to be in order, so the people can have access to clean drinking water. Water is essential to daily living as people use it for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing their belongings. Another basic need is electricity. In society today, people depend heavily on electricity to power their lives. Electricity powers almost everything people use, ranging from their electronic gadgets, electrical appliances, to their cooking equipment. Thus, the community needs have access to the power lines.
Entertainment and Trade
With housing and basic utilities now made available to a developing habitation block, they are well on their way to start thriving. The next thing they need is entertainment and trade. “Bread and Circus”, the Romans once said. To liven up the community, micro-businesses should be allowed to thrive within it.
Businesses such as flower shops, cafes and diners, and utility stores will jumpstart trade and commerce in the hab block, allowing people the means to make their living. A growing competitive market is very desirable. Lastly, entertainment to keep the inhabitants happy. Moduplay.com.au says building outdoor playgrounds, clubhouses, or sports fields are great ways to provide recreational facilities for the people. The people will then be interacting with each other, ensuring a growing community.
For urban planners and city builders, hab-blocks and communities can be considered the smallest scale of their work. Knowing how to make the small communities work will pay dividends when working on the bigger cities.