WEBINAR Transforming the Suburbs, Step by Step (ver 2)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WEBINAR Transforming the Suburbs, Step by Step (ver 2)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

A Step by Step Guide To Transforming the Suburbs with Form-Based Codes

How do suburban communities create great places when the existing fabric of development is less than ideal? Form-based codes have proven to be an effective tool in transforming suburbs and are increasing in popularity. Using two different locations in Overland Park, Kansas - a fragment of the original town center and a nearby retail strip - Geoffrey Ferrell and Jason Beske demonstrate how to begin to build a great place using form-based codes.


Jason Beske, AICP, is a principal site planner for Arlington County, VA. Prior to this appointment, Jason was senior planner for the City of Overland Park, Kansas and for the Town of Leesburg, VA. He worked to restore these suburban communities into vital pedestrian places through the use of suitable site planning and urban design solutions. As Chair of the American Planning Association's (APA) Urban Design & Preservation Division, Jason has promoted the education of planners and allied professionals in the principles of urban design and the integration of design and urban planning. Jason’s recent work includes the development of form-based codes and design guidelines for redevelopment districts in Virginia and Kansas. He frequently lectures on the topics of urban design and form-based codes at national and state APA conferences. Jason holds bachelor's (with honor's & distinction) and master's degrees in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.
Geoffrey Ferrell is one of the originators of the modern practice of form-based codes. His code work ranges from site-specific urban designs to zoning-toolkits to replace Euclidean zones – codes that emphasize clarity for end-users. Before establishing his firm in 1992, Geoff was an urban designer/code writer for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects in Miami. He also served as the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in the state of Florida. His code for the Riviera Beach Downtown Renewal Plan received special mention in that projects Progressive Architecture Magazines 1992 Award. His firm’s form-based codes received the Richard Driehaus Form-Based Code Award for the Farmers Branch, Texas Station Area and the Heart of Peoria Form-Districts in Peoria, Illinois in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Geoff is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. He lectures extensively on form-based codes at state and national planning conferences, planning schools, and for the Form-Based Codes Institute. His work is featured in the recently published book Form-Based Codes by Daniel and Karen Parolek and Paul Crawford, in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz, and in Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson.


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