Those of us in the Form-Based Codes world too easily forget how obscure our work …
Moreover, it’s not just about what is between the curbs. It’s about placement of buildings and parking lots and street trees. It’s about the codes that determine how streets are designed and buildings interact with the public space. It’s about street networks and size of blocks and how it all fits together. It’s about creating a place.
Implementing a form-based code (FBC) is not just a matter of desired form, but also a community’s expectations about the role of government officials, public input into development, and the necessity of architectural design and site plan review. The decision also requires an understanding of what might go wrong, and how unintended consequences and necessary deviations from the code will be addressed.
Those of us in the Form-Based Codes world too easily forget how obscure our work must seem to those unfamiliar with what we do. And yet, if the practice of form-based coding and related reform of land development regulations is to catch on and succeed, we have to communicate our work intelligibly and show how […]
FBCI was very pleased to discover Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, recently published by the Chicago regional planning agency, CMAP. In fact, we like this little booklet so much that we’ve put our imprimatur on it showing our endorsement. This well-illustrated CMAP handbook explains what form-based codes are, that their purpose is to make places. In clear and concise language, […]
The Form Based Codes Institute is pleased to congratulate the City of Cincinnati for its Grand Prize Award at the Congress for New Urbanism’s Charter Awards for the creation of a CityWide Form Based Codes. Cincinnati is the first to receive this award under the newly created category Best Planning Tool or Process. Opticos Design, […]
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to followers of FBCI’s blog, having the honor of becoming the Form-Based Codes Institute’s first full-time Executive Director on February 1, 2014. I have embarked on a journey of listening and learning to better understand what FBCI has been and can become in the future.
FBCI is pleased to announce that Joel Russell took leadership of the organization as Executive Director on February 1. Joel will strive to expand FBCI’s programs and its influence on the planning scene today. His professional practice goes back to the beginning of the New Urbanism movement and the emergence of form-based coding.