Form-Based Codes vs. Conventional Zoning

Authored by: Emily Talen

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097


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The emergence of form-based codes (FBCs), along with the familiar and near universal rejection of conventional zoning, is a complex story, and more interesting than might first be supposed. The story runs deeper than the conventional wisdom that they were created by a group of architects who wanted to impose stylistic controls sometime in the 1980s. It is instead the culmination of a century-long build-up of frustration over the weak form and poor functioning of American cities.

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