Form-Based Codes 101

This track is equivalent to the popular one-day FBC 101 class offered by the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI). It introduces form-based coding through a combination of presentations, discussions and case studies from the leading practitioners and innovators of the modern practice of form-based coding. Learn how coding relates to planning, how form-based codes work within zoning codes, and how they may be applied citywide or in specific settings such as corridors, centers, or small infill sites. Participants who complete the entire track will gain useful knowledge of what to expect from a coding process, how to structure a coding process, and some potential problems to avoid.

This track fulfills all requirements for enrolling in FBCI's two-day on-site advanced courses. Participants who successfully complete all three receive a certificate of completion from FBCI. Learn more at 

Form-Based Codes 101: Introduction

In this course we will define form-based codes, explain why they were invented, and distinguish them from conventional "use-based" zoning ordinances—all with an emphasis on placemaking and walkability. We will provide an overview of the development of form-based codes, their mandatory and optional component parts, and the importance of making form-based codes context or place-specific. 

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. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Neighborhoods

This course introduces the essential elements of neighborhoods. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Corridors

Corridors have historically been a key element of the urban fabric of every American town and city, yet they are also commonly problematic. This course looks at the roots of the problem for examples of how corridors can be designed and coded. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Downtowns

Downtowns are the historic center of most American cities. In this course, we will review their role in establishing the past and future character of the city, walking through a series of form-based code case studies across a range of scales and contexts.

Form-Based Codes 101: Preparing a Form-Based Code

This course explores basic questions and decisions to consider when preparing a form-based code. It also covers the different approaches to regulating urban form and provides guidance for selecting an organizing principle for your form-based code. Finally, the course explains the visioning and creating of a plan, followed by drafting, testing, and assembling your code. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Legal Aspects

This course explores the legal issues of creating and using a form-based code. 

Form-Based Codes 101: Citywide and Countywide Code Updates

The final course in the "Form-Based Codes 101" series explores citywide form-based coding—the assessment of an entire city to determine where form-based code application should occur. 

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