Frontage Types and the Public Realm



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Frontage types, also known as façades, are a very important component of the physical environment— from the smallest towns to the largest cities. Without good frontages, a streetscape is poorly shaped and not visually appealing, and frontage types are essential to an appealing public realm. This course will teach you the 12 primary frontage types and their features and distinctions. In addition, this course will show how to apply frontage types to buildings in response to existing or intended physical character. By the end of this course, you will have a high understanding of the range of frontage choices, their importance, and how to apply them to achieve community objectives.



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Tony Perez

With 30 years of experience—12 as a public sector planner and the past 18 as a consulting professional writing Form-Based Codes—Tony is an expert at working with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards. His experience in the public and private sectors gives him sharp focus and broad perspective to ensure that the standards articulated will implement the policies and deliver the expected visions. Tony learned the craft of preparing Form-Based Codes while working on a variety of projects over the past 18 years with Stefanos Polyzoides, Paul Crawford, Alan Loomis, and David Sargent—and most recently with Dan Parolek, Karen Parolek, Stefan Pellegrini, and John Miki. Tony is fluent in the language of urban design and architecture, enabling him to extract maximum information and direction out of a vision while asking important questions of the designers and stakeholders in the process. Tony is also adept at integrating each Form-Based Code with the community’s existing regulations and procedures. Tony’s work on the City of Santa Ana’s Transit Zoning Code was one of two winners in the United States of the 2012 Driehaus Award for Form-Based Codes. Tony was on the 2016 Driehaus Award Jury, is a board member of the Form-Based Code Institute and is a FBCI instructor who helps teach this zoning reform technique across the U.S. Tony has authored or co-authored over 25 codes, peer-reviewed 12 and contributed to 10 others. These codes range from small neighborhood codes to the transformation of corridors and suburban shopping centers up to Citywide codes where he has used the hybrid approach: Form-Based Zoning for walkable urban areas and improved conventional zoning for auto-oriented suburban areas. Tony increasingly enjoys working with public sector planners to train them in using and explaining Form-Based Codes. Tony teaches Form-Based Planning and Coding to undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona and has taught the course to graduate students at UCLA. Tony is nearing completion of a case study book titled The Mexican Patio House which analyzes 30 patio house buildings ranging from small urban houses, to civic buildings and haciendas from Central Mexico. Tony is from the small California Delta town of Isleton and lives with his family in Camarillo, California.