This website is an anthology of the codes, laws and related documents that have created, or sought to create, particular urban forms. It is a searchable archive drawn from a broad array of historical documents. We have selected documents from around the world, and from all time periods.
We include both legally-binding codes as well as customary rules that may not have involved a governing authority. These documents provide a rich cultural resource for urban planners, architects, and all others involved in the construction of place.
Additional funding provided by:
Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.
National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB-0423704, CAP LTER
GeoDa Center, Arizona State University