Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns



Wednesday, February 7, 2018, midnight
Thursday, December 31, 2020, midnight CST

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In this course we will review the important role of downtowns, both philosophically and urbanistically. We will present a series of case studies that illustrate the common features of form-based codes for downtowns across a range of scales and contexts, as well as highlight some unique features related to their specific characteristics and complexity.

At the end of this course, you will understand the key considerations of a form-based code for a downtown context: What is the history of the downtown and the existing urban form and design characteristics. Based on that context and community aspirations, what is the vision and plan for future development? What are the coding implications of that plan?

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Mary Madden

Invited Speaker

Mary Madden, AICP, is a principal of the urban design and planning firm Ferrell Madden LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Recent work includes town planning and urban design for public and private sector clients, with an emphasis on revising zoning codes to promote walkability, smart growth, sustainability and New Urbanism. In addition to working directly with communities, Mary frequently speaks and writes on the topics of urban design and form-based codes. Mary has served as an adjunct faculty member for the landscape architecture program at Oklahoma State University and for the planning program at Virginia Tech. Before joining Ferrell Madden in 2002, she served in several positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in her career, Mary was the co-director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and worked in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Mary Madden holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University.

Victor Dover

Invited Speaker

Victor Dover, FAICP, is a planner and urban designer, founding principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning, and co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014). He is an expert on how to fix our streets and public spaces, and, in the process, shape enduring cities that people really love. For 30 years, Dover has been principal in charge at Dover, Kohl & Partners, designing walkable, sustainable development. His work spans five continents and ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. His projects include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan,” and the Columbia Pike revitalization plan and code. Victor is a recipient of the John Nolen Medal for Contributions to Urbanism. He served as the national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2010 – 2012 and is a CNU Fellow.