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Frontage Types and the Public Realm

This course reviews the 10 primary frontage types and how each shapes the public realm. This course focuses on understanding the features and distinctions of each type and in which locations or contexts each is appropriate.

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Course Info

  • Duration 6 video lessons (72 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. What is Frontage? (12 mins)
  • 3. Least Urban Frontage Types (10 mins)
  • 4. Most Urban Frontage Types (14 mins)
  • 5. Using Frontage Types to Articulate Physical Character (17 mins)
  • 6. Regulating Frontage Types to Articulate Physical Character (16 mins)

Course Description

Frontage types, described as the space and elements between building façades and the street, are a very important component of the physical environment—from the smallest towns to the largest cities. Frontage types are not about architectural style, but about how individual buildings connect to an appealing public realm. Without good frontages, a streetscape will be poorly shaped and visually unappealing. This course will teach you the 10 primary frontage types and their features and distinctions. In addition, this course will show how to apply frontage types to buildings in response to existing or intended physical character. By the end of this course, you will have a high understanding of the range of frontage choices, their importance, and how to apply them to achieve community objectives.

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Land Use
  • Site Planning
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credits


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

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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