WEBINAR Street Design for Form-Based Codes

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
WEBINAR Street Design for Form-Based Codes
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

Street design and land use regulation are inseparable parts of a whole in Form-Based Codes. FBCs see street and streetscape as central unifying elements of urban form. This is a key feature distinguishing them from conventional zoning codes or unified development ordinances. Indeed, creating a walkable and attractive public realm is a central focus of a Form-Based Code.    


The webinar will be led by Victor Dover and John Massengale, co-authors of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. Dover and Massengale will draw upon the many lessons and excellent examples they have discovered worldwide. They will show that the design of streets is the secret to making a great city or town. Rick Hall, a registered transportation engineer in 19 states, will add commentary.
Street and streetscape design are front and center in the planning, design, and drafting of FBCs. In recent history this has been done by engineers and public works administrators with the primary goal of increasing the volume and speed of traffic flow. FBCs, unlike conventional land use regulatory systems, integrate street design with the development of adjoining land and public spaces and and make placemaking a priority, while accommodating motor vehicles.  

Under FBCs, streets and streetscapes become the province of planners and designers, who must design streets in collaboration with engineers and other public works officials, but may have little training or experience in street design. Getting street design right is essential for a successful Form-Based Code and creating a great public realm.

The Presenters
Victor Dover, FAICP is principal in the town planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners in Coral Gables, Florida. His practice focuses on the creation and regeneration of sound neighborhoods as the fundamental component of liveable communities. Victor holds degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Miami. He is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and has served as CNU's national vice chair. Victor is author of the "Streets" chapter in the Charter for the New Urbanism book. He served on the core committee that established the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standards. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In his leisure hours, Victor is a veteran marathoner and Ironman triathlete.

John Massengale is an international thought leader on the connections between urban design, architecture, placemaking, and walkability. Co-author with Victor Dover, FAICP, of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, he has won awards for architecture, urbanism, historic preservation and architectural history. Massengale is a Board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the founding chair of CNU New York, and a former director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Massengale has taught architecture and urban design studios at the University of Miami School of Architecture and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. With Robert A. M. Stern, he was coauthor of New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890–1915 and The Anglo-American Suburb.

Richard A. Hall is President of Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. (HPE) for the past 19 years. He is a registered transportation engineer in 19 states, covering transportation practice areas. Rick desires to improve compact urban mobility for all travelers, thus, he focuses on both Planning and Preliminary Engineering, especially the vital interface between Planning and Design. Transportation aspects of community plans, subarea and sector plans and corridors are key emphasis areas. Traffic engineering analysis, public participation and charrette transportation tasks are routinely performed. Site impact studies, private and public growth management related studies and expert witness are also special skills. While working for the Florida DOT, Rick served on Urban Area Transportation Study technical committees in Miami, Tampa and other cities and was responsible for training and research in urban transportation modeling. His research work initiated the Florida Standard Urban Travel Model Structure (FSUTMS) process.  

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