Monday 18 December 2017


“Just-in-time” rapid cycle logistics and other manufacturing techniques applied in the decade of the 1980s came about with writings from Robert Cooper who wrote: “throwing designs over the wall to manufacturers” was the primary emphasis of engineering practices.

These methods did not produce robust manufacturing elements nor make good, long-lasting design products or gain an adequate commercial foothold. Oversight for a coordinated organizational process severely diminished the product qualities.

In the 1990’s Edith Wilson laid out some factors for real engineering product definition. Facing the misunderstood plight of urban design leadership one should rather champion the following dozen points.

  1. Adoption of the best energy generation for our future populations with a fail-safe backup system.
  2. Natural resource discovery together with intelligence demands the creation of new materials for City structures.
  3. Polyhedral Geometry adoption for 3D structural strength.
  4. Strategic alignment of equilateral triangle framework for urban land planning networks on different topographies.
  5. A comparable analysis of rectilinear grid to triangle system for flow efficiencies.
  6. Positioning special arrangements for habitation recognizing urban footprint scale, and the equivalent arrangements for adjacent “green networks,” agricultural and forestry land areas.
  7. The orientation of natural light, airflow, utility and mobility service penetration access from urban footprint to road and pedestrian pathways.
  8. Technology risk assessment for city creation.
  9. Community priority list for local civic decision-making.
  10. An Integration compliance with the geography of ecological, environmental and indigenous settings.
  11. Creation of an appropriate variety of product manufacturing plants to make small-scale elements for securing local distribution and structural assembly.
  12. Establishment of an urban design interdisciplinary team to initiate and manage organizational support, testing, prototyping and cyclical implementation.


In the decade of 1990, Ashok Gupta wrote about inadequate definitions of manufactured product requirements. However, an urban design for village, town and city construct for a future “stage-gate” framework is one that must start with the definition phase outlining the many principles embedded into the concept that captures all activities.

The primary team involved is fully-fledged vertically integrated real estate development; property management; design/build/construct; finance/feasibility brokerage; marketing/sales and community development partnership. This “company team” of stakeholders if properly integrated will enable a future city analysis and resultant program development brings into fruition unique habitats than ever before contemplated.

Today there are easier ways to iterate and solve problems in software and hardware design cycles on the Internet for creative and fruitful urban outcomes. Upfront urban planning under politbureau auspices must take a backseat.

Critical thinking is replaced rather by rapid doing. Through 3D printing, CNC machining and common sense prototyping will result to more rapidly turn out market ready products from laboratories for commercial use. Video filmmaking in concert with the steps above will effectively promote alternative village, town and city design for widespread acceptance.

Urban designers, manufacturers, all engineering and environmental disciplines can together then validate big data set analysis for a prognosis that includes biometrics and neuroscience independently and or jointly. Urban Laboratories will be mandated to integrate the right people, alphabetic, numeric with measured virtual illustrations for the urban design and planning of villages, towns, and cities to bring their implementation into being.

A focused urban research and development accomplish a time shortening of the entire transportation and living arrangements from conception to construction for the mobility and residency of people and goods. The advancement od this process is dependent on both educational and industrial cycles of manufactured product development.  Timed together in sequence with logistical transportation capabilities of building parts and pieces delivery to respective sites for “just in time” swift assembly is possible.

All urban design futures for villages, towns, and cities shall be improved only with designers in a leadership role drawn from a variety of global cultures. Each discipline has homegrown intelligence and skills in management, community affairs, civil, electrical, architectural, and construction methodologies, as well as, environmental, social and economic understandings to participate together in a never-ending activity of build communities that grow and change – forever.

Hopefully, this support will aid paper designs and virtual presentations to stimulate newly manufactured products. No more designs being “thrown over the wall” to the vortex of profitability churning around Economics, the Politbureau, and Academic urban planning institutions for decision-making. Let’s minimize the promulgation of regulatory restrictions that inhibits innovation.

Graham Kaye-Eddie

M.U.D.           6/20/16           705 words



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