Using Parametric Modelling in Form-based Code Design for High-dense Cities

Marc Aurel Schnabel*, Yingyi Zhang, Serdar Aydin

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With the development of parametric design practices in the larger built environment, this paper proposes to merge parametric methodology with Form-Based Code in high-dense cities. Form-Based Code is a recent place-making approach which critically response to conventional zoning. It aims to prescribe urban-rural environments and implement mixed used developments by figures instead of texts. Compare with conventional zoning, Form-Based Code is more practical and flexible for contemporary urban design processes as it emphasizes on "form" rather than rigid segregation "land-use". Form-Based Code has been adopted in many cities successfully, but there is no adoption in high-dense cities. Due to the complicated nature of population concentration, urban planning of high-dense cities is in great need of efficient approaches like Form-Based Code. This paper presents the necessities, misconceptions, and challenges of applying Form-Based Code in high-dense cities, and then evaluates the parametric modelling methods which can support Form-Based Code generation in high-dense cities. In this respect, the paper promotes parametric modelling methodologies allow Form-Based Code to be smarter in building high-performance environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1387
Number of pages9
JournalProcedia Engineering
Issue number2017
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational High-Performance Built Environment Conference - A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series SBE16, iHBE 2016 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 17 Nov 201618 Nov 2016


  • built environment
  • form-based code
  • high-dense cities
  • Parametric modelling


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