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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

Retail Frontage Continuity

New York / San Francisco , Midtown Manhattan

Ground-floor zones shall form strips of retail uses that go beyond the dimensions of the single block.

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 stipulates a lower limit.
Rule that stipulates a fixed limit.
Rule that is tied to a certain zone.
Rule that influences programmatic and functional issues.
Streetscape Rule: Rule that is tied to a single street or road.