The book is devided into two parts. First it starts with a description of the rules that are in the book with illustrations by the author. Each rule is given an illustration and a reference number which can be found later in the book whenever that rule is mentioned; he also mentions the city that the rule is used in. The second part is divided into ten chapters that deal with different aspects of the rules. By isolating the rules Lehnerer shows that rules are not tied to their context, he creates the imaginary city of Averuni for which those rules were intended to show that rules could be used universally as tools for urban design. He presents case studies from cities across the USA, Europe, and Asia to discuss rules that range from the straightforward to really bizarre, that have shaped and continue to shape our cities.
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The book contains a total of significant ingredients for the Grand Project of our contemporary metropolis. Setting standards is first and foremost a cultural act. We read cities by their rules! Rules link the physical with the social city, connecting quality with quantity and latent characteristics to manifest ones. Thereby and almost unnoticed, they have become design instruments. In fact, regarding rules as tools offers a valuable urban design attitude — departing from an approach that wants to control everything, and moving towards a non—fatalistic form of control between freedom and coercion.
Some Press— The substantive chapters provide a lively, detailed and sometimes amusing history of zoning in the US. The book does us the great service of drawing to our attention the apparatus of rules, that invisible armature around which our cities are spun, which has rarely been the subject of such a wide-ranging examination. Johan Janssen in Arkitektur 3, Geeft op een leesbare en onderhoudende manier inzicht in hoe regelgeving een antwoord kan geven op stedenbouwkundige vraagstukken.
Vitale stad, February Uitermate actueel. Robert-Jan de Kort at Archined. Urbantick, March This book does something to redress the balance, looking at rules as products of human culture and as conduits of beauty and creativity.
William Wiles, iconeye, April Grand Urban Rules succeeds in being educational, interesting and entertaining.
The City as the Critical Project of Architecture
Zunfthaus Voltaire, selected publications. The substantive chapters provide a lively, detailed and sometimes amusing history of zoning in the US. The methodological analysis of collective form includes comparative observations, critical commentary, and the search for strategic tools that can be employed to simultaneously shape and understand our built environment in order to produce specific public qualities as cumulative effects. LT KBJG PDF Chicago is a very green city, for instance, but it is partly because when granv walk down residential streets, every private yard has a tree in it; if you put all of those yards together, it is greater than Lincoln Park.
Grand Urban Rules by Alex Lehnerer
ALEX LEHNERER GRAND URBAN RULES PDF