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From the earliest periods of architecture and building,architects’ actions have been conditioned by rules,regulations, standards, and governance practices. These range fromsocio-cultural and religious codes seeking to influence the formalstructure of settlement patterns, to prescriptive buildingregulations specifying detailed elements of design in relation tothe safety of building structures. In Architectural Design andRegulation the authors argue that the rule and regulatory basis ofarchitecture is part of a broader field of socio-institutional andpolitical interventions in the design and development process thatserve to delimit, and define, the scope of the activities ofarchitects. 

The book explores how the practices of architects are embeddedin complex systems of rules and regulations. The authors developthe understanding that the rules and regulations of building formand performance ought not to be counterpoised as external tocreative processes and practices, but as integral to the creationof well-designed places. The contribution of Architectural Designand Regulation is to show that far from the rule and regulatorybasis of architecture undermining the capacities of architects todesign, they are the basis for new and challenging activities thatopen up possibilities for reinventing the actions ofarchitects.

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