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The DIY Form-Based Code: Publishing and Expanding
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The DIY Form-Based Code: Publishing and Expanding

The DIY Form-Based Code: Publishing and Expanding

88 min

In this fourth and final course of the DIY Form-Based Code series, learn to visually communicate publishable form-based code by using SketchUp and InDesign. In the process of publishing our code, we'll create features such as parking requirements, street standards, or other land use regulations through the application of modules. After testing and refining a new form-based code, we must decide how to communicate the context of our code and describe the urban form we are trying to emulate.

This course shows how to design a document that effectively conveys the form-based code and design guidelines to colleagues and the public. To do so, we expand our "Wrightville" code by adding new policies to regulate features such as parking, street standards, and other land uses through the application of modules. Using Trimble SketchUp and Adobe InDesign, we will create visual representations of our code for review and implementation.

In This Course

  1. After creating a fully formed code in the previous course of this series, "Testing and Refining," it's time to develop a final document and expand it where necessary.
  2. Presenting the document in a clear, visually-stimulating manner is crucial to the success of the code. This chapter introduces techniques that make documents readable and engaging.
  3. Designing the Document
    This chapter begins the process of designing our document, where we see the finished product and then setup a work environment in Adobe InDesign.
  4. Illustrations, Part 1
    Illustrations are the primary means of communicating design concepts to our users. This chapter reveals SketchUp as a great resource for creating clear, basic illustrations for a form-based code.
  5. Illustrations, Part 2
    In this chapter, we explore a method for incorporating illustrations into our code document with InDesign.
  6. Street Standards
    Street standards are one of the means by which we regulate the public realm in zoning code. This chapter explains a method for incorporating standards into a codified design.
  7. Modules
    After developing the core ruleset for our code, modules offer a great method for further expanding the code's function and scope.
  8. Conclusion
    This chapter provides an overview of the produced, published code and shares final words of encouragement.

Published 2014