Crafting Form-Based Codes provides practical tools for creating form-based rules that help facilitate effective communication and consensus building, which are essential to ensuring healthy democratic processes in a regulatory culture. This book is for the well-meaning idealists — city planners, urban designers, municipalities, and developers — who must work within the complex political environments of local governments. It reviews the most recent form-based codes utilized in the industry while focusing on a lot-types approach to coding. It applies this approach to designing for the climate, demonstrating that form-based codes can be used to decipher the climatic responses of vernacular archetypes that have evolved through generations, and provides simple coding tools to help readers integrate them into their own practice.
The book provides a theoretical framework that clarifies why working within dynamic legal systems in local democracies is a necessity for practitioners of urban planning and design, and shows how crafting dynamic rules may facilitate effective communication which is crucial within these cultures. It will be invaluable to practitioners who need simple tools for crafting dynamic rules in form-based codes that can not only facilitate form-based consensus, but also address issues of sustainability and climate. Fully illustrated throughout, the coding tools included in this book provide a unique opportunity for creating a language of form that can enable communication and effective decision making.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The traffic light versus the officer Chapter 3: Informalization and the intellectual forces behind it Chapter 4: Challenges of informalization and the Vivant Cycle Chapter 5: Effective communication in interactive review processes Chapter 6: Archetypes and typologies Chapter 7: Crafting of lot types Chapter 8: Transect-based organization of a code that uses lot types Chapter 9: Dynamic lot types and tools to craft them Chapter 10: Coding for resilience Chapter 11: Conclusion