FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code: Design Considerations

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Monday, February 24, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m. PST

Tustin, CA, United States

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This 2-day course gives an in-depth understanding of how to guide good urban form through a regulatory framework. Participants see how to create form-based codes by drawing upon an area's best urban elements, using these to conceptualize the streets, buildings and blocks that shape public space and community character. Instructors delve into the basics of urban form, combining lecture and case study with “hands-on” participatory exercises that give practice in the essential tasks of coding. The course follows a sequence of discussion and presentation, enhancing your knowledge of urban design at the scale of the building and building types, the street and street types, the block and the neighborhood. This leads to an exercise to create a vision and illustrative plan for an area. Further discussion considers the theory and practice of the regulating plan, with a second exercise to create the elements of a regulating plan from the initial vision and illustrative plan. Instructors discuss unexpected design challenges, and explore design possibilities for greenfield sites, redevelopment areas, already built-out communities and regional plans. Tentative agenda for the 2-day class Modifications will occur. A final agenda will be sent to all registered participants one week before the class begins. Monday, February 24 8:00–8:30AM Light Breakfast 8:30–8:45AM Welcome; Highlights of This Course Topics covered: Understanding urban form for a regulatory framework 8:45–9:00AM Introductions/Interests 9:00 AM–10:15AM Urban Form Basics: The Urban Neighborhood Topics covered: The role of the physical neighborhood for healthy communities and as the basic building block of towns and cities: neighborhood center, interior and edge; mix of uses and the hierarchy, function and location of streets and street types. 10:15-10:30AM Break 10:30–11:30AM Urban Form Basics: Streets Topics covered: Planning framework for place-making, network, context, street types, elements of street cross-section, overcoming barriers to healthy streets, street trees as form-givers. 11:30AM–12:15PM Urban Form Basics: Private Building Principles and Building Types Topics covered: The role of buildings to form and protect private open spaces and frame public space; the palate of building types that make up a city. 12:15–1:00PM Lunch 1:00–1:30PM First Urban Design Example Projects at the Street/Block/Building Scale Topics covered: Illustration of the urban form basics of private building principles, kinds of buildings, street-space configuration and street trees. 1:30–2:15PM Urban Form Basics: The Urban Block Topics covered: Principles for forming the public (outside) and private (inside) block, parcel and building; the character changes at key junctures i.e. the alley and street. 2:15-3:45PM Break for Site Visits 3:45-5:15PM Visioning and Illustrative Plan Exercise; Create a Vision and Illustrative Plan 5:15-5:45PM Questions & Answers - All Instructors & Participants 5:45 PM Reception Tuesday, February 25 8:00–8:30AM Light Breakfast 8:30–9:15AM Comments on Vision and Illustrative Plan Exercise – All Instructors 9:15–9:45AM Second Urban Design Example Projects: Neighborhoods Comprising a City Topics covered: Examples of how the neighborhood centers, interior and edges are knit together successfully to create a city. 9:45–10:45AM Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism, Sustainability & Form-Based Codes – All Instructors Topics covered: The instructors will discuss broad themes by looking at form-based codes as tools being used nationwide to promote walkable, mixed use urbanism. They will offer some specific examples from their recent experience on such topics as sustainability, “tactical urbanism”, how form-based codes can address concerns for context sensitive planning, and related issues. 10:45–11:00AM Break 11:00AM–12:00PM Design Challenges in the Real World – A Panel Discussion Topics Covered: Examples of challenging design issues and how they are hand