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I'm looking for a book which may help to design a self-sustainable small settlement, which can maintain its own economy with limited connections to the outside world. Prefereably it should answer questions like:

  • What population is sufficient for such a town or village?
  • How to model microeconomics of such a settlment?
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I would suggest the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics. It currently has 5 volumes and collects papers on the theories and empirics of urban/city design. Selected chapters that may potentially address your questions include:

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