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
If a parcel is not developed to the maximum allowable height, then the owner can permanently sell this potential to a neighboring site. If all of these sites have already been built to their height capacity, then the city administration has the authority to extend the vicinity surrounding the building in question in order to ensure the continued transfer of development rights. This happens within the area of a specially devised district (SD).