A significant aspect of DPZ-Europe’s work involves its innovative use of planning regulations and codes. Both generic (such as the SmartCode) and project-specific (such as DPZ-Europe’s Urban and Architectural Regulations), these codes are provided to make projects more successful and to ease their implementation.
The Urban and Architectural Regulations are specific to each DPZ project and comprise a portion of each charrette report. The Urban Regulations control those aspects of private buildings that affect the spatial quality of the public realm, while the Architectural Regulations codify local design traditions and building techniques. Many projects include Landscape Regulations as well, if they are deemed appropriate.
The SmartCode was created by DPZ-Miami to replace existing zoning ordinances. Dealing with all aspects of design - including building disposition and configuration, street and landscape standards, parking, and architecture - the SmartCode was designed for municipalities that have embraced the smart growth agenda and are seeking the tools to make it happen. This particular code has already been implemented in several jurisdictions in the USA and is applicable for use in Europe as well.