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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

Glut Tendency

New York

Diverse or mixed use tends to self-destruct to the extent that especially successful uses tend to glut a given area. In order to diminish the tendency and danger that certain successful utilizations will tend toward glut, land use regulations possess the force of law for a maximum of SR years (i.e., if not additionally constrained by other provisions). Ensuing thereafter will be a fundamental revision of the regulations proclaimed herein.

Rule category

Contextual Regimes: issues depending on the immediate context and its preservation, economic and social regimes, traditions, etc.
The Kind of Rule
Rule that works as reference, ratio, or dependency.
Rule that influences programmatic and functional issues.
General Declaration: General declaration, motive without specific scale.
General Land Use: Rule that specifies land use in general.