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Form-Based Codes 101: Learning How To Look

This course will teach you the skills to appreciate and analyze the measures and functions of good urbanism.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (71 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (4 mins)
  • 2. The "Why?" and the "What?" (4 mins)
  • 3. Sidewalks and Street Trees (7 mins)
  • 4. On-Street Parking (9 mins)
  • 5. Dooryards (8 mins)
  • 6. Frontages (11 mins)
  • 7. Street Walls (3 mins)
  • 8. Blocks and Siting (6 mins)
  • 9. Deviations of Scale and Intensity (7 mins)

Course Description

This course introduces the principles and parameters that inform form-based development regulations. The course examines specific examples to help you develop skills in appreciating and analyzing the measures and functions of good urbanism and places. You will also develop a better understanding of how to apply those skills toward the drafting of form-based development regulations.

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Land Use
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Regulations
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credit. 


This course is eligible for 1.25 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW.


This course is approved for 1.25 CNU-A credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Geoffrey Ferrell

Geoffrey Ferrell

Geoffrey is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-Based Codes. His work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – development regulations that emphasize clarity for end-users.

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Tony Perez

Tony Perez

With 30 years of experience, Tony works with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards that deliver the expected vision. 

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