Why Sites are rectangle and why not Square?

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Why Sites are rectangle and why not Square?

Postby venkyn » July 16th, 2013, 3:46 pm


Why are sites are in rectangular shape and why not in square?

Is there any reason?


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Re: Why Sites are rectangle and why not Square?

Postby blrsiteseeker » July 16th, 2013, 6:14 pm

my guess is, to reduce the number of roads necessary for the same number and total area of sites.

say you have 5 sites next to each other)
1. 40x 60 ( if you notice the longer side is the depth of the plot in most all cases) - so you need a road length of 200 ft.
2. 50x50 (square - that is the closest I could do without getting out a calculator) - the you need a road length of 250 ft.

(just for 5 plots you saved 50 feet of road). Now the sites are generally back to back (meaning there will be another 5 sites backing these sites), so on the other side you save 50 ft. and also on the row opposing this row of plots you will save 50, just for 15 sites you have saved 150 ft. And layouts are generally 100s of sites, so imagine how much space can be saved.

If you look at countries where space is not a premium, plots are usually square such as 100 ft. x 100 ft are not rare.

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Re: Why Sites are rectangle and why not Square?

Postby ardesarchitects » July 17th, 2013, 10:25 am

Good doubt about a site size.The sites are generally rectangular since planning wise its always space effective .A building plan in a square demands lot of dead or connecting spaces (considering urban sites 30'x30',50'x50' etc..).When site is large its makes no difference in shape.
The other reason is to give max number of sites road facing(Since every site demands a road facing) like 'blrsiteseeker' said

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Re: Why Sites are rectangle and why not Square?

Postby shailesh123 » October 1st, 2013, 5:02 pm

Thanks for clearing this issue.
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