Design Patterns for Pocket Neighborhoods

Pocket neighborhoods will have different qualities and characteristics given their location: an urban apartment building, an infill housing cluster off of a busy street, a co-housing community planned by its residents, or a group of neighbors pulling back their fences to create a commons in their backyards. There are underlying design patterns, however, shared by all pocket neighborhoods.

The more living patterns there are in a thing—a room, a building, or a town—the more it comes to life as an entirity, the more it glows, the more it has this self-maintaining fire, which is the quality without a name.
—Christopher Alexander, architect, builder & theorist
A Timeless Way of Building