"Measured and thoughtful, Form-Based Codes is an intelligenthow-to. Like a good textbook, the thoughts build one upon the otheruntil you can see the clarity and wisdom of shedding your city'szoning and moving to an enlightened future based on form ratherthan use." (Planetizen.com
"The term form-based, though coined in 2001, actually evolvedfrom the seminal Seaside, Florida, design of 1981. But fundamentalmisunderstandings about eh specifics of its components, visioningprocess, and implementation continue to this day because nocomprehensive reference source has been available. The purpose ofthis book is to fill that gap, and it succeeds admirably. Inessence what the authors have presented is a step-by-step, highlydetailed textbook." (Urban Land, June 2009)
"…explains the purposes of form-based codes (FBCs) andexplores the ins and outs of their creation, authorization, andimplementation." (New Urban News, April-May 2008)
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A comprehensive, illustrative guide to Form-Based Codes
"This volume describes in clear argument and significant detailthe issues and techniques associated with the design and managementof Form-Based Codes as an antidote to zoning and sprawl. Reading itand putting it to practice is an excellent point of departure forindividuals and municipalities to safeguard and to grow theircommunities."
From the Foreword by noted architect and urbanist StefanosPolyzoides
Form-Based Codes are the latest evolutionary step in thepractice of development and land-use regulation. A growingalternative to conventional zoning laws, Form-Based Codes go beyondland use to address not just the physical form of buildings butalso surrounding streets, blocks, and public spaces in order tocreate, protect, and revitalize sustainable communities.
Written by three recognized leaders in the field of NewUrbanism, including an urban planner and an architect, this book isthe first to address this subject comprehensively. After definingForm-Based Codes and explaining why they are a necessaryalternative to conventional zoning regulations, the authors detailthe various components of Form-Based Codes and then go step by stepthrough the process of creating and implementing them. Finally, aseries of case studies illustrates best practice applications ofForm-Based Coding at various scales from county-wide to sitespecific, and various project types from city-wide development codereplacement to the preservation or evolution of downtowns.
This timely and accessible text features:
More than 200 clear illustrations of Form-Based Codes
Studies of real-world applications of Form-Based Coding byleading planners, urban designers, and architects
Form-Based Codes is a must-read for today's urban designers,urban planners, architects, and anyone with a vested interest inutilizing the latest regulatory tool to help create compact,walkable, and sustainable communities.