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
There is a tendency for publicly usable space to be overexploited by individuals. For public areas where privatization is out of the question, rules must be established designed to moderate private interests on the one hand, and to mediate effectively between private and public interests on the other.