Office of Urban Regulation

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

Berlin Block


A citywide ordinance states that unless exceptions apply, the eaves height within a block and adjacent to its courtyards is 22 m.

  • Evolution of the Berliner Mietskasernenblock, 1853–1925.
    Image credits: W. Hegemann, Das Steinerne Berlin, 1930.
  • Berliner Blockrand, Elbe- and Kaiser Friedrich Strasse, 1930s.

Rule category

Managing Bulk: basic stipulations regarding the object's form and bulk
The Kind of Rule
Rule that stipulates a fixed limit.
Rule that is NOT related to any preconceived zone or area.
Rule that stipulates an upper limit.
Rule that has a strong influence on urban density and its distribution.
Rule with direct impact on architectural or urban form.
Rule that regulates building heights.
Plot/Block Rule: Rule that relates to the scale of a city block or plot.