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Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns
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Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns

Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns

67 min

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit. 

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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?

In This Course

  1. Mary Madden introduces the fifth course in the "Form-Based Codes 101" series.
  2. History and Context
    Downtown has historically been the social, economic, and geographic center of the city. Most American downtowns shifted away from this (for a variety of reasons) over the second half of the 20th century, but now have aspirations to return that role.
  3. Planning and Coding
    This chapter provides an overview of how existing urban fabric and form informs the vision for future development.
  4. Case Study: South Miami, FL
    This chapter provides an overview of the South Miami Downtown Form-Based Code. It covers the history and existing context, as well as the typical and unique features of the planning and coding process.
  5. This chapter provides an overview of the Downtown Kendall Form-Based Code.
  6. Case Study: Columbia, MO
    This chapter provides an overview of the form-based code for Columbia, a mid-sized college town.
  7. Case Study: Overland Park, KS
    This chapter covers the form-based code for Downtown Overland Park, an aging inner-ring suburb.
  8. Discussion
    Mary, Victor, and Tony conclude the course with a discussion.

Published 2015