Design Guidelines: What They Are, How They Work, and Where to Get Started

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This resource and workbook guides affordable housing developers through the process of creating their own design guidelines.

Design guidelines are becoming an increasingly useful tool for community development and affordable housing organizations. Guidelines can help standardize specification decisions, preserve institutional memory, ensure better design for residents, and help avoid past mistakes.

This resource and workbook will walk you through the process of creating your own design guidelines. Bolstered with exercise templates and examples of design guidelines in action, this resource will help you:

• Understand what design guidelines are and how they can be used.
• Determine where to begin the process of creating guidelines. 
• Identify possible content areas to include in your own guidelines.

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