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Chair of Architecture and Urban Design
Asst. Prof. Dr. Alex Lehnerer
Grand Urban Rules

Design Rules and Design With Rules!

Cities as cultural products are neither ‘built’ nor ‘planned,’ at best they are guided and steered in a certain direction. Therefore, rules and regulations are one of the few tools that are actually suitable to guide future development within such collective and complex urban settings.

We strongly believe that the field of (urban) design should not simply adhere to these standards as some neutrally existing context but should actively engage in discussing them in order to make them subject to design as well. read more

Office for urban regulation

Downtown’s Castle Moat

San Francisco / Houston

Found in the immediate vicinity of the financial district are neighborhoods having the city’s lowest densities.

  • The moat around Houston's CBD, c. 2000.

Rule category

Motivation
Managing Bulk: basic stipulations regarding the object's form and bulk
Contextual Regimes: issues depending on the immediate context and its preservation, economic and social regimes, traditions, etc.
The Kind of Rule
Rule that is NOT related to any preconceived zone or area.
Rule that works as reference, ratio, or dependency.
Domain
Rule with direct impact on architectural or urban form.
Rule that regulates building heights.
Rule that has a strong influence on urban density and its distribution.
Scale
General Land Use: Rule that specifies land use in general.
District Related Rule: Rule that relates to a whole city district and its identity.