Architectural Design Regulation

One major issue that arises when implementing a policy on building facades is monitoring design compliance.


Novaya offers a toolkit for checking compliance with building facade standards based on a building’s address (or the cadastral number of the land parcel). The toolkit makes it possible to view the requirements for all aspects of a building’s appearance on a computer or smartphone.


Subject to local government approval of administrative regulations on using particular software for building facade oversight, this tool substantially simplifies the implementation of policies regulating street front design. In addition, the tool can prevent violations and acquaint the public and building owners with the standards for building facades.

The formation of a locality’s identity via urban planning is a long-term process. Development takes decades, if not centuries, even when it comes to systematically renovating a city’s districts. The aesthetic style and spatial characteristics of buildings change slowly. The emergence of new, iconic pieces of architecture is also an infrequent occurrence. How can one embark upon the establishment or discovery of a city’s identity in real time, in the short term?



Our latest project seeks to use the architectural regulation of buildings and structures as the most effective way to establish a city’s identity in the short term.


Taking cities in the Moscow region as examples, we developed several tools for architectural design regulation:


  • Urban-planning regulations in land use and development codes as the only proper mechanism for establishing architectural design requirements, since the limits of their jurisdiction are shown on a territorial zoning map and information about them is part of Russia’s Unified State Register of Real Estate;
  • Additional information layers for a regional geographic information system (the Moscow region geoportal) that contain data sets about a place’s composition and characteristics, making it possible to not only program changes, but also increase the quality of project design solutions in a specific area;
  • A digital toolkit for monitoring the compliance of municipally-owned buildings and apartment houses undergoing major renovations with architectural design standards;
  • Methodological recommendations and implementation procedures for local authorities.