The ecological model, when applied to urban and community design, guides the form of the urban pattern. The elements of that pattern will help to maximize the use of existing resident renewable energy and resources. All of the designed components act as linkages, collectors, and concentrators of local resources and energies. Sustainable urban and community design connects these natural elements so that the community works together as an organism, creating interdependent patterns that sustain each other.
The resident renewable energies and their relationship to urban and community design are described in the following section.
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