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August, 2013

Fundamentals of Fenestration

Fundamentals of Fenestration

How much of a building exterior is covered with openings, in particular windows and doors, how transparent the enclosing glass is, and how the openings are arranged are issues of fenestration. Not all form-based codes concern themselves with building fenestration. FBCs commonly regulate street width, block size, and buildings’ disposition on their lots and orientation […]

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The True Effectiveness of Form-Based Codes

The True Effectiveness of Form-Based Codes

In the words of Socrates, “By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.” For those of us devoted to the arduous and complex task of building better places, an intriguing question was succinctly asked of the FBCI recently and it sparked a […]

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Street Trees & The Virtues of FBCs

Street Trees & The Virtues of FBCs

Though tempted, I won’t write a soliloquy today on the many virtues of street trees. Others have done so better than I, including Allan Jacobs, who wrote in the book Great Streets, “Given a limited budget, the most effective expenditure of funds to improve a street would probably be on trees.” Some of my colleagues […]

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Form-Based Codes, Flagstaff & Education

Form-Based Codes, Flagstaff & Education

A key ingredient to our success in Flagstaff: it is the essential importance of education from the very beginning to help city officials and all residents gain understanding of Smart Growth principles and FBCs.

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