All parts of a NewVistas community are connected with walkway-podways. Walkway-podways run in straight lines from hub to hub. The top level of the walkway-podway connects "people" spaces, including live-work levels of standard buildings and above-ground levels of campus and market buildings. The bottom level of the walkway-podway connect production and warehouse areas of NewVistas buildings, primarily for the movement of goods.
Hubs are the result of the podway solution and are located at the intersection of each podway. Hubs house much of the utilities including water storage and waste processing. There are also many common rooms used for gatherings and education.
The mall is the space at the podway level between the multi-purpose buildings in the central square. It is used primarily as a location for retail and for walking between buildings in an open atmosphere protected from the elements.
Market buildings are two or three-story buildings designed especially for commerce and trade. They are located in the market section of the central square. Market buildings may be used for retail commerce, restaurants, amusements, and services of all kinds. They are linked to community transportation networks for optimal movement of goods.
Excel spreadsheet (NVF,Schiess 2013) summarizes the time it takes to get from the central square to an outer village at normal walking speed and when crowded.
Paper (NVF, CWB 2010) describes importance of careful walkway design to improve the pedestrian expereince and total walkway capacity. Recommends that walkways be at least 12' wide and doubled around the central campus.
Spreadsheet (CWB 2010) uses flow rate and level of service to model walkway conditions and designs and allows user to test different scenarios. Provides justification for 13' walkway recommendation.
Excel spreadsheet (Schiess 2011) summarizes NewVistas walkway size and pedestrian flow capacities.
Document (Schiess 2009) outlines how to determine the needed walkway space for pedestrian flow.
Document (Schiess and Black 2010) shows pedestrian flow measurements used in the Design Standards for Pedestrian Circulation document.
Paper (Cannon 2011) Non-contiguous communities provide and promote: point-to-point travel for pedestrians and vehicular travel of goods within the community, and the use of central hubs and transfer stations for inter and extra-community travel of people and goods. These methods reduce travel distance, provide greater efficiency than point-to-point travel, and minimize potential congestion by elim
Paper (Ovuoba 2011) compares the energy costs of using a water tower versus using pumping to supply water pressure. The analysis indicates that energy costs are approximately the same due to the localized water distribution system in NewVistas.
Paper (Ovuoba 2011) explains cost analysis of system and compares cost of NewVistas System to conventional methods. Costs are as follows: Projected NewVistas system - $438 million, Conventional System - $13 million, Annual maintenance $0.46 million.
Spreadsheet (Ovuoba 2011) calculates the required depth of storage units given a desired storage capactiy, or a resulting storage capacity given a desired depth. Corresponding required rainfall can be calculated as well.