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Form-Based Codes 101: Neighborhoods

This course introduces the essential elements of neighborhoods.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (68 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Form and Design Characteristics: Overview (9 mins)
  • 3. Form and Design Characteristics: Concepts (8 mins)
  • 4. Blocks (4 mins)
  • 5. Mix of Housing Types and Building Forms (6 mins)
  • 6. Planning Considerations (13 mins)
  • 7. Coding Considerations (9 mins)
  • 8. Better Regulations (14 mins)

Course Description

In this course we will introduce the essential elements of a neighborhood – physical and functional – that enable it to provide an excellent and holistic quality of life. By the end of this course, you will have the skills to distinguish between real "neighborhoods" vs. "subdivisions and apartment complexes." We'll discuss form and design characteristics of neighborhoods and examine the elements of blocks. 

Learn these skills

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


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit. 

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This course is eligible for 1 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW.


This course is approved for 1 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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Daniel Parolek

Daniel Parolek

Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them.

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