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
These officially proclaimed rules are complemented by a series of unwritten social and economic norms. These are also binding for the city. The degree of force of such unwritten norms changes with time. For this reason, the rules adopted herein must also be subject to modification. Furthermore, such changes in regulation contribute to a desired morphological diversity.