Are your designs too square? Try "Hexagonal Planning"

Paper on Hexagonal Planning - by Noulan Cauchon - published around 1930.

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There is a further paper on Hexagonal Planning which is much easier to read...

Hexagonal Planning in Theory and Practice

ERAN BEN-JOSEPH & DAVID GORDON

These papers come from a time when there seemed to be a fascination, not to say preoccupation, with making things look impressive in plan-view, and perhaps less regard for the view as perceived by pedestrians.

Bio-mimmicists will note that bees, nature's pre-eminent users of the hexagon, don't use it for anything other than the construction of cells.  For design on a larger scale, including movement corridors, they seem to come down strongly in favour of  “Shared Space”!