This 2-day class looks 'under the hood' of form-based codes, exploring these innovative regulations while addressing the real challenges communities face trying to implement them. Locally-based experts are joined by practicing planners from communities in Southern California and nearby regions. They will discuss approaches that worked, difficulties encountered and what to avoid, drawing upon lessons learned in many places that have adopted form-based codes. The instructors discuss the elements of successful codes, what goes into them and how to make hybrid codes that work.
The class moves from general considerations to an in-depth discussion of urban form. It uses case studies with “hands-on” participatory exercises that give practice in the essential tasks of coding. Participants see how to shape good urban form through this regulatory framework. They practice form-based coding that draws upon an area's best urban elements, using these to conceptualize the streets, buildings and blocks that shape public space and community character. Instructors discuss unexpected design challenges, and explore design possibilities for greenfield sites, redevelopment areas, already built-out communities and regional plans.