Crafting Form-Based Codes: Resilient Design, Policy & Regulations

Date: 10/1/2018
Principal Researchers: Korkut Onaran, Ph.D

The CU Denver Urban and Regional Planning Department is thrilled to congratulate Korkut Onaran, Ph.D on the publication of his recent book: Crafting Form-Based Codes: Resilient Design, Policy & Regulations.

This book is for the well-meaning idealists - city planners, urban designers, municipalities, and developers - who are frustrated working within the messy political environments of local democracies. It provides practical tools for crafting form-based rules that can facilitate effective communication and consensus building that are essential in today's many regulatory cultures. It reviews some of the recent form-based codes and focuses on a lot-types approach to coding. It applies this approach to designing for the climate; it demonstrates that this approach can be used in deciphering the climatic responses of vernacular archetypes that have been evolved through generations, and then coding them via simple coding tools.

This book's purpose is twofold: (a) to provide a theoretical framework that clarifies why working within dynamic legal systems in local democracies is a necessity today for practitioners of urban planning and design, and how crafting dynamic rules may facilitate effective communication which is crucial within these cultures; and (b) to provide 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 response to the climatic properties.

Dr. Onaran's book has received the following praise:

"Outdated regulatory regimes waste time, create uncertainty, and too often compromise design quality. With a keen anthropological lens, Onaran explains the evolution and limitations of conventional code practice and offers practical remedies built on the best attributes of form-based codes. This book argues the strongest case to date for form-based approaches and is a must-read for those who care about the design of authentic and resilient places and the processes involved in crafting them." - Peter Park, Director, Peter J. Park, LLC, City Planning and Design, USA

"Onaran's book offers a clear view of both the methods and potential of well-framed and well-applied form-based codes. He focuses less on deep theory and more on principles and practical applications as he invites designers, planners and regulators to become well acquainted with what will surely become the zoning tool of choice in the 21st century." - Stefanos Polyzoides, Partner, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, USA

Crafting Form-Based Codes: Resilient Design, Policy & Regulations can be purchased online at Amazon or Routledge.

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D., is principal at Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists in Boulder, Colorado. He is also Assistant Professor Adjunct at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Onaran has taught several courses at CAP including Design Policy/Regulation, Sustainable Tourism Planning, Planning Project Studio, City Design Policy, and Directed Studies in Turkey: Multi-Level Planning and Urban Design Studio (A six-credit study abroad program).

More Information: Find the book on Amazon

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