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The DIY Form-Based Code: Research and Development
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The DIY Form-Based Code: Research and Development

The DIY Form-Based Code: Research and Development

67 min

The course covers concepts critical to developing the foundation for a code by taking a tour through the creation of a code for the hypothetical city of Wrightville. Critical first steps include site inventory and community engagement processes for gaining local context on how the code will perform as a basic regulating plan. Ultimately, concepts such as frontage and lot width are critical, and Norm Wright employs nine rules to develop the code using Google Earth, SketchUp, and other software.

In This Course

  1. Norm introduces the vital steps of observation, discovery, data analysis, and community engagement required for creating a form-based code.
  2. Our Scenario: Writing a Code for Wrightville
    Norman Wright gives us a brief introduction to our hypothetical town, Wrightville, including a composed image and several expected features of the town's three zones, its street network, and its maintenance areas.
  3. Building Inventory: A Deep Dive into Wrightville
    The inventory phase creates the basis for all other decisions in the creation of a form-based code. Measuring against all the rules, as well as analyzing aerial and on-site photography, are part of the physical research of existing and potential conditions. Findings are then quantified in Excel and SketchUp.
  4. Expanding the Vision for the City
    What do our citizens want to see changed? What do they want to see preserved? To answer these questions, a vision must be formed. This chapter discusses the basics of creating a vision for the community.
  5. Recap and What’s Ahead
    Developing the code is just the beginning! Next, we must test and refine our code to make it as effective as possible.

Published 2014