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Form-Based Zoning and
Form-Based Codes

Form-Based Zoning and Form-Based Codes

Harriman has established a leading role in New England in the preparation of Form-Based Codes and related hybrid codes that incorporate detailed urban design standards directly into land use and development regulations. Form-Based Codes originated as a method to plan and regulate new districts and communities. In New England, however, change typically occurs within existing districts and historic architectural and community settings. As a result, Harriman has developed approaches that acknowledge the existing context and address renovations and additions, as well as new construction. Harriman has developed zoning codes and the related design standards that link private development and the public realm for different scales and districts, including:

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Conventional Zoning vs. Form-based Code

Conventional Zoning vs. Form-based Code

Conventional zoning has traditionally focused on the segregation of land-use types, permissible property uses, and the control of development intensity through simple numerical parameters (e.g., FAR, dwellings per acre, height limits, setbacks, parking ratios). Design guidelines may be used to … Read More

Designing for Dignity in Behavioral Healthcare Settings

Designing for Dignity in Behavioral Healthcare Settings

Designing a mental health facility requires special considerations to protect the safety and dignity of patients in a fragile psychiatric state, and ensure the security of staff. Previously, designs restricted freedom and created institutional atmospheres focused on safety, further stigmatizing … Read More

The New Academic Home on Campus

The New Academic Home on Campus

New approaches to learning at the university level has forever transformed the architecture of the traditional college library. Unlike libraries of old that were quiet and tranquil, the modern college library is a place for “content creation” for students to … Read More

Improving Indoor Air Quality Enhances Student Performance

Improving Indoor Air Quality Enhances Student Performance

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that approximately 50 percent of schools have poor indoor air quality (IAQ), mostly due to the age and poor condition of school buildings. The EPA promotes adopting IAQ best practices to create … Read More

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel For Green Features

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel For Green Features

Techniques Allow Existing Buildings To Capture Benefits

We have all seen new buildings that were designed with sustainable technologies. While these buildings are exciting and groundbreaking, they are often not a reality for clients who have budget constraints and must … Read More

Streamlining the Development Process

Streamlining the Development Process

The old adage that “time is money” is particularly true when undertaking the permitting process for new development. Developers who are moving from low-density residential to multifamily or mixed-use may not be familiar with the processes for site plan approval … Read More

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

by Dennis Carlberg, Emily Keys Innes and Brian Swett

Dec 01, 2016

Two recent reports from ULI Boston/New England, “Advancing Resiliency in East Boston” and “Developing Resilience: Living with Water Strategies for … Read More