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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

Laundry Law

San Francisco

For reasons of fire protection, laundries are to be constructed of stone, never of wood.

  • Example of wooden laundry in SF. It was no coincident that this law was threatening the Chinese population the most.
  • Chinese Laundry, 1880s.

Rule category

Hygiene: separation of incompatible uses, programme, land use
The Kind of Rule
Rule that stipulates a fixed limit.
Rule that is NOT related to any preconceived zone or area.
Rule that influences programmatic and functional issues.
Plot/Block Rule: Rule that relates to the scale of a city block or plot.