Settlement patterns - Sketchplanations

Settlement patterns

I like these common settlement patterns — look out for them.

  • Nucleated settlements, or clustered settlements, gather around one or more central hubs like a church or a square.
  • Linear settlements form alongside roads or landscape features like waterways or shoreline.
  • Dispersed settlements are common in agricultural areas where houses or farmsteads are spread out but form a loose settlement area.
  • Isolated settlements are the loners in the most magical and isolated wilderness by themselves.

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