Form-based codes and guidelines

Making multifamily truly urban

The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.

Multifamily: from 'train wreck' to urban

In a comprehensive piece called "What's New in New Urbanism," Multi-Housing News reports that new urban ideas have "swept the industry over the past 20 years."

The plan that made a drab suburb cool

This video from urbanists Dover, Kohl & Partners offers instructions on the transformation of an inner suburb that was languishing. 

A new coalition for urban place

Who benefits the most from synergistic growth, where the parts of the built environment are brought together to create a strong community and sense of place? Part 2 in a 3-part series.

Housing shortage or urbanism shortage?

For a number of very good reasons, there aren't enough walkable urban places to meet demand. Part 3 of a series on housing affordability.

Comprehensive plans – helping or hurting?

Easy steps can be taken to provide more vision and effectiveness for a municipal road map to the future.

Form-Based Codes Institute names Russell executive director

The Form-Based Codes Institute, the national think tank that provides professional training in drafting and implementing form-based codes, has appointed Joel Russell as its new executive director.

Raise value, avert risk, focus on form

The current commodity driven system is prone to boom and bust cycles. Form-based planning facilitates the holistic development of enduring, diverse neighborhoods.

Strategies for project review under a form-based code

While many cities and towns have determined that they need not have additional project review for development that conforms with the code, others are establishing or streamlining project review systems.

The price of peace with the homeowners' association

I used to think homeowners’ associations had the potential to be great democratic institutions.

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