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Codes and Urban Form:
Among various factors, codes and regulations are major determinants of urban form particularly in a modern society. These codes, including land use laws, design guidelines, buildings codes, and street standards, were legislated for various reasons but control the development at different conditions and scales which in terms constitute a dialectics of urbanism. This course will analyze the built form from the perspective of development controls, and focus on the interactions between codes and the built environment, including the city, neighborhoods, streets and buildings. Legal precedents, from early attempt to codify the urban form, planned communities to contemporary cases studies will be examined to illustrate the evolution and impacts of codes. In order to understand the elements of place-making which give an area its identity, the fabric of several districts and neighborhoods in various cities will be explored. Participants of this course will expect to understand the codes that shaped the built environment from the perspective of pattern, use and form. Students will also have an opportunity to critique existing regulations and to conduct research on different types of development controls, preservation and design guidelines.