Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America


Placemaking with Form-Based Codes

During two days, participants gain an in-depth understanding of urban form for a regulatory framework. Instructors show how to create form-based codes that frame the public space. They show how to conceptualize the urban character of a street by drawing upon an area’s historic form. Instructors present design principles through lecture and case study, combining these with “hands-on” participatory exercises to create the basic elements of a form-based code. Participants learn how to create and use building form and public space standards within a regulating plan. The class explores design possibilities for greenfield sites, redevelopment sites, already built-out communities and regional plans. Locally-based panelists discuss real world design challenges.

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FBC 201 brought together Quebecois experts to discuss local zoning laws and how form-based principals can be realized in Quebec.

Geoff Ferrell discusses urban blocks during FBC 201 in Montreal.

Chris Zimmerman of Smart Growth America helps participants analyze the fundamental character elements of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Neighborhood in Montreal.

A participant’s drawing shows which elements should be regulated to retain the character of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Neighborhood in Montreal.