Tentative agenda for the 2-day class. Modifications may occur.
A final agenda will be sent to all registered participants one week before the class begins.
Monday, May 21
8:00–8:30AM Light Breakfast
8:30–9:00AM Welcome; Highlights of This Course - Geoff Ferrell
Topics covered: Regulating Plan components and design; understanding urban form for a regulatory framework
9:00 AM–10:15 AM Urban Form Basics: The Urban Neighborhood - Geoff Ferrell
Topics covered: The role of the physical neighborhood for healthy communities and as the basic building block of towns and cities: neighborhood center, interior and edge; mix of uses and the hierarchy, function and location for types of streets needed.
10:30–11:30AM Urban Form Basics: Streets - Kaizer Rangwala
Topics covered: Planning framework for place-making, Network, Context, Street Types, Elements of Street Cross-Section, overcoming barriers to healthy streets, and resources.
11:30AM-12:15PM Urban Form Basics: Private Building Principles and Building Types - James Dougherty
Topics covered: The role of buildings to form and protect private open spaces and frame public space; the palate of building types that make up a city.
1:00–1:30PM First Urban Design Example Projects at the Street/Block/Building Scale - Kaizer Rangwala
Topics covered:Illustrating the urban form basics of private building principles, kinds of buildings, street-space configuration and street trees.
1:30–2:15PM Urban Form Basics: The Urban Block - Geoff Ferrell
Topics covered: Principles for forming the public (outside) and private (inside) block, parcel and building; the character changes at key junctures i.e. the alley and street.
2:15-3:30PM Second Urban Design Example Projects: Neighborhoods Comprising a City - James Dougherty
Topics covered: Examples of how the neighborhood centers, interior and edges are knit together successfully to create a city.
3:45-5:15PM Visioning and Illustrative Plan Exercise: Create a Vision and Illustrative Plan - Geoff Ferrell
5:15-5:45PM Questions & All Faculty Answers
5:45 PM Reception
Tuesday, May 22
8:00–8:30AM Light Breakfast
8:30–9:15AM Faculty Comments on Vision and Illustrative Plan Exercise
9:15-9:45AM Urban Form Basics: Street Trees and the Public Realm - Geoff Ferrell
Topics covered: Street trees as form-givers: structure, subdivision of streetspace, vertical and horizontal, shade, character and species, and mix.
9:45-10:45AM Urbanism, Sustainability & Form-Based Codes - all instructors
Topics covered: The instructors will discuss the broad theme of sustainability by looking at form-based codes as tools being used nationwide to promote walkable, mixed use urbanism. They will also offer specific examples of how form-based codes can address concerns for context sensitive planning, open space for stormwater control, the trade-off of density and open space, finding the right building types for affordable housing, and related issues.
11:00AM-12:00PM Design Challenges in the Real World – A panel discussion
Topics Covered: Examples of challenging design issues and how they are handled in Texas and beyond, in a discussion led by locally-based planners, including Michael Spicer (City of Richardson, TX), James Hill (Civic Design Associates in Houston), and others.
3:15-4:15PM Contextual Development - Kaizer Rangwala
Topics covered: methods and illustrations for extracting the unique character of a community and translating to a code.
4:15-5:00PM Exercise 2 Faculty Comments
5:00-5:30PM Final Course Questions and Answers