FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code: Design Considerations

Austin, Texas
Monday, May 21, 2012

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.

10:15-10:30AM Break

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.

12:15–1:00PM Lunch

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.

3:30-3:45PM Break

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.

10:45-11:00AM Break

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.

12:00-12:45PM Lunch

12:45-1:45PM Regulating Plans: Theory and Practice - James Dougherty
Topics covered: How the building, street and neighborhood pieces are put together to create the regulating plan.

1:45-3:15PM Second Exercise: Creating a Regulating Plan for the Initial Vision/Illustrative Plan – Geoff Ferrell

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

5:30PM    Adjourn


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  • Standard registration  $700
    Standard registration + FBC 101e   $800

    Public/nonprofit    $650

    Public/nonprofit + FBC 101e   $750

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