Design Guidelines: What They Are, How They Work, and Where to Get Started (webinar recording)


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. Enterprise Community Partners recently released a guide on how to implement design guidelines, Design Guidelines: What they are, how they work, and where to get started. In this webinar, we provide an overview of that resource, and hear from affordable housing developers who have successfully implemented design guidelines.

By watching this webinar, viewers will be able to:

• 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 their own guidelines.

The webinar is led by Brita Carlson and Alexis Smith, former Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows at A Community of Friends in Los Angeles, CA and Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly Boston, MA, respectively, and co-authors of Enterprise’s Design Guidelines: What they are, how they work, and where to get started.  Webinar panelists include Annie Ledbury of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation of Oakland, CA and David Parker, Assoc. AIA, Preservation of Affordable Housing of Boston, MA. All presenters and panelists helped to lead the implementation of design guidelines within their organizations. 

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