Menu ETH
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

Style Rules

New York

Also necessary is the revision of the rules in force in accordance with RC, because the city holds the view that urban regulations cannot be effective independently of societal transformations. Among these are evolving perceptions with regard to urban and architectural form.

  • The 1916 order in New York: codification results in form, produces form.
  • The 1961 order in New York: form results in codification, produces form.

Rule category

Motivation
Aesthetic Regimes: public beauty, visual appearance
The Kind of Rule
Rule that stipulates a fixed limit.
Domain
Rule that explicitly copes with stylistic and aesthetic concerns.
Rule with direct impact on architectural or urban form.
Scale
General Declaration: General declaration, motive without specific scale.
General Land Use: Rule that specifies land use in general.