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Cracking the Codes

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"To discover a new rule is to discover a new avenue of expression."
—Louis B. Kahn

Although building codes and standards are often seen as obstacles to design excellence, NCARB's newly published monograph, Cracking the Codes, makes them accessible by promoting a sound understanding of regulatory issues—without overwhelming the reader with minutiae.


Monograph chapters move through each stage of the planning process to identify and consolidate the basic regulatory requirements that must be addressed.

The monograph covers zoning ordinances and covenants, as well as rules related to accessibility, historic preservation, environmental quality, and consumer protection, among other critical issues.


  • Information is extensively cross-referenced to make topics easy to find. A uniform methodology is applied to each regulatory issue.
  • Unique feature: a two-part quiz. Either quiz may be taken in any order. The first quiz covers chapters 1-6, and the second quiz covers chapters 7-12.
  • Quiz #2 meets the Texas requirement for one hour of instruction in issues related to barrier-free design.
  • Author

    Barry D. Yatt, FAIA, CSI, is an associate professor at The Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning.

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