ABCs of Form-Based Codes

Form-based codes (FBCs) are an alternative to the zoning ordinances of the past half-century that created unsatisfactory results in our communities.

The FBC technique enables placemaking by focusing on form rather than separation of uses. Increasingly, Americans are choosing to live and work in walkable, diverse communities with transit options when these communities are available.

Policy makers are beginning to realize the best way to reduce carbon emissions is to develop in a more compact urban pattern. Nevertheless, poor urban design persists. Why? Unless the right implementation tools are being used, better design is difficult to mandate.  This course can replace FBC 101 as a prerequisite for FBC 201 and FBC 301. 9.5 hours continuing education credit for AIA CES and APA/AICP.

Limited Scholarships Available

The Richard H. Driehaus Scholarship Fund reduces the registration fee for the ABCs of FBCs from $350 to $90. The Fund assists two categories of potential class participants for whom full tuition cost might otherwise be financially out of reach: (1) representatives from not-for-profit historic preservation organizations or public organizations with oversight authority for historic preservation, and (2) college level students of architecture and faculty in schools of architecture.


Eligible persons should apply to FBCI Executive Director Carol Wyant:


WEBINAR REPLAY now available!
Not sure if you should commit the whole day?  The Form-Based Codes Institute's webinar Learn How Form-Based Codes can Transform Cities and Towns was recorded on Oct. 6, 2009.  FBCI designed this 90-minute session to provide an introduction to form-based codes, touching on why FBCs can produce superior results to traditional zoning and how they are developed and used. It is now available to purchase for $50 for unlimited replay through April 14, 2010. 

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