ABSTRACT

The chapter introduces the design principles of the adaptation village. These are nesting, gathering, transect, succession, secure place, and climate-conscious design. Nesting refers to a hierarchy of groupings of graduated size that are positioned within one another. In the adaptation village, compounds nest in blocks, blocks nest in quadrants and the quadrants nest in the village. Transect, a cross section from urban to rural, has been a well-utilized organizing principle among many urban planners in the last few decades. The chapter argues that it is also a useful tool within the context of adaptation. Succession refers to the incremental change towards increasing synergies between activities in a maturing community. Secure place underlines the need for simple measures that provide security naturally, without active policing, but relying on “eyes on the street” and defensible space strategies. Finally, the principle of climate-conscious design suggests creating comfort zones within the built environment without depending on advanced mechanical cooling and heating machinery. It suggests learning from building archetypes evolved when such machinery was not available.