Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America

Akanda SmartCode

This code offers an exceptional example of a simplified SmartCode for a master planned community, particularly in developing countries. It is visually appealing, accessible and user-friendly, with clear and concise options for each decision point in the administrative process. The extensive and detailed explanations – along with an impressive balance of graphics to text – make the code especially useful as an educational document in different settings around the world. The code addresses the cultural and natural climate, with relevant context and building, for a range of community types. It includes a minimum of carefully selected standards to keep the code lean and easy to use, while fostering the creation of good places and discouraging administrative misuse. Each building type has a single page with a short user-friendly checklist of regulations on the front and illustrative examples on the back. A unique feature is the targeted instructions for each user and scale of project, providing guidance on which part of the code is relevant for each professional role in the development process.

A summary and supplemental documents for the code are available on the Opticos Design website.

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Year: 2018

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