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REGULATIONS: to be or not to be ?


Regulations and their premise is something we question often. Why do we need them ? How are they followed and how are the outcomes effected by rules ? As a society how important are they for us to function ?

Social norms provide us with an expected idea of how to behave in a particular social group or culture.  For example we expect students to arrive to lesson on time and to be in proper clothing.The idea of norms provides a key to understanding social influence in general. Social norms are the accepted standards of behaviour of social groups.

Closer analysis of the role of regulation vis-à-vis change leads us to distinguish between the direct and the indirect aspects of the role of regulations. An example of the density being controlled through F.S.I. and how it is increased around the metro line and the BRTS belt, hence increasing the density in that particular area, which is an effect of the regulations present. Regulations have a big role in shaping a city but then are rules something we use to control the result ? For example it is stated that windows shall be there in every liveable room, now if this wasn’t stated would the developer or designer not provide you with such amenities ?

How do regulations effect our design ? How do they effect and help our society ? Are we in favour of the rules or are we not ? Addressing how are rules important for us to function but also how they can be argued upon, how they should be understood throughly and can be questioned. The rules are to be justified in order to remove them or retain them, it can only happen when we are well aware of why a certain rule is present and what is the purpose behind it . Regulations can be PRESCRIPTIVE or PERFORMATIVE. Prescriptive will be something that will define what should be done and what should not be done, in case of a tall building present on site the other building HAS to be constructed at a certain distance, and performative on the other hand would suggest a line to be marked at 30 degree and get the distance and the height for the building to be built next to it and sufficing light and ventilation.

What is the premise of having rules ? Can the intent be achieved by breaking the rule or is it to stop people from doing something culturally unacceptable but done commonly. Do they help in making people provide at least the basic amenities or limit the scope ? One can only question it when he/she know exactly the reason behind the regulation and justify or deny its existence.

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