Codes

Form-based codes and guidelines

Building types along the Transect

Building types along the Transect

Possible organization of building types along the Transect. Courtesy of Form-Based Codes Institute, graphic by Moule & Polyzoides

Form-based code frontages

Form-based code frontages

These are some of the frontages that may be prescribed in a form-based code. Courtesy of Form-Based Codes Institute, graphic by Moule & Polyzoides.

SmartCodes and other form-based codes

SmartCodes and other form-based codes

Geographic distribution of proposed or adopted codes as of March 2010. Source: Hazel Borys, Emily Talen

Codes

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Chapter 10 of the New Urbanism Best Practices Guide
Codes are the DNA of communities. This chapter examines the failings of conventional zoning codes and looks at alternative planning and design tools that serve the goals of walkable urbanism. Build-to lines, facades, porches, colonnades, balconies, and other elements often are considered in the regulations.

The Live-Work Unit: Some general code problems and solutions

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New Urban News Technical Page by Andres Duany, Michael Morrissey, and Patrick Pinnell

In the following discussion of characteristic code issues with live-work units, three assumptions are made. The first is that the work component occurs on the ground floor only, directly accessible from a public face of the building. The second is that the dwelling either actively shares the work space, or alternatively is located separately above or behind it. And third, it is assumed the work activity occurs in a building that is primarily a dwelling and is set on its own lot. Other arrangements fall into other type categories, requiring their own practices.

The Live-Work Unit: Layout and material preconditions

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New Urban News Technical Page by Andres Duany, Michael Morrissey, and Patrick Pinnell

There are reasons beyond developer inertia that true live-work units have not proliferated as society's need for them has expanded. Live-work production has not advanced as it should have, at a pace inversely corresponding to the recessional of the industrial age in North America. In good part, the market’s failure to respond to social and economic change is attributable to stifling codes and standards, and to an entrenched regime that never envisioned the workplace and the dwelling coexisting within the same building.

Penrose Square

Penrose Square

Designed by Rounds Vanduzer Architects of Falls Church, Virginia. Courtesy of Arlington County.

Miami puts new code into effect

The City of Miami implemented Miami 21 — a development code based on the SmartCode —  after six months of preparations and behind-the-scenes efforts.

SmartCode comes to New England

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New Urban News Article with tables, 12/1/2007
Jamestown, Rhode Island, and Hamden, Connecticut, could be the first two New England communities to adopt the SmartCode. New urbanist teams conducted charrettes in both towns this fall, with the aim of adapting the form-based code to strikingly different local concerns.

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