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Re-interpreting regulations: architects as intermediaries for low-carbon buildings

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Urban Studies
Issue number12
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)2577-2594
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


Regulations are highly influential in shaping urban places and architectural form. This paper investigates the impact of changing regulation on the working practices of architects. First, it outlines how the building regulations have grown in scope and complexity, especially with regard to energy regulations. Secondly, the relationship of regulation and design is explored, showing a shift from a dialectic of constraint and autonomy to one of interpretation of pathways. This is partly linked to performance-based regulation and weak state enforcement. Thirdly, the response of architects to this emerging mode of design is identified. The division of labour in the design process changes, with the architect focusing increasingly on intermediation. Finally, opportunities and threats to architects and their role are examined.