FBC101e: ABCs of Form-Based Codes on-line (ver 2)

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

FBC101e: ABCs of Form-Based Codes on-line (ver 2)
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 8:00 AM -
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:45 PM (Central Time)

The Course
FBC101e is an on-line course that may be taken conveniently from home or office. Participants log in whenever they're ready to learn. They can finish the course in a couple days, although they have six weeks to complete it. An on-line discussion forum allows participants to share comments and questions among themselves, and to ask questions of a FBCI faculty member. 

There are seven learning modules or segments, each containing an illustrated presentation by a FBCI instructor. Each segment also contains a reading assignment and a self-assessment to help the participant gauge his or her understanding of the material. A virtual field exercise requires completion of a worksheet. And a final assessment must be passed in order for the participant to earn professional continuing education credit. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the course. 


Note on length of course: each segment requires approximately one hour to complete, with 2 - 3 hours required for the virtual field exercise. The whole course takes 8 - 10 hours to finish. Each participant receives a maximum of six weeks to complete the course.  

Course Content

The course is composed of eight segments that together give a complete overview and solid grounding in the practice of form-based coding. Participants learn the principles and components of FBCs. They see how to expand beyond land use and FAR, to consider shape, frontage, footprint, height, setback, street and building types and related design elements that together define a place and the public realm.

Instructors give thorough explanations of key topics, including: definition, components of a code, documentation and analysis, writing the regulating plan, architectural standards and other optional design elements, the steps to follow to create a successful code, and preparing the code document. The course contains interesting historical background and a discussion of the pertinent legal issues that must be considered in code writing. A virtual field exercise gives practice in observation and documentation of streets, frontages, building types and placement, to compose the elements of the regulating plan. And there is plenty of advice on mistakes to avoid!

The Instructors

Please see the Instructors tab above.

Design and development of this course was made possible by generous contributions of FBCI's faculty and by a gift from The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. Thank you!

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • $250
    Standard registration

    Payment by credit card (MC/Visa) or by check.

    Please make checks payable to Form-Based Codes Institute, and mail to:

    333 N. Michigan Ave.
    Suite 510
    Chicago, IL 60601

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