'Regulating Design': The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control

Imrie, Rob and Street, Emma. 2009. 'Regulating Design': The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control. Urban Studies, 46(12), pp. 2507-2518. ISSN 0042-0980 [Article]

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The practices of architecture are influenced and shaped by building regulations, codes and rules that are formulated to provide specific and predictable outcomes for all aspects of architectural production, from conceptual design to urban form. Such regulations and codes are not necessarily enshrined in law but are systematic sets of rules characterised and differentiated by authorship, context and implementation. In all instances, rules and regulations pervade and influence, or codify, the practices of architecture, yet little is known about their impacts on, and implications for, the design and production of the built environment. This Special Issue of Urban Studies seeks to address this lacuna in knowledge by exploring the interrelationships between regulation and the design and production of urban space, with a focus on the practices of architecture.

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Sociology > Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)


1 December 2009Published

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23 Jun 2014 08:38

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07 Jul 2017 09:37

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