Those who admire the simple beauty of iphof’s old town today tend to overlook the principle behind the structured facades and orderly fronts. Since 1982, the city’s design statutes have regulated the criteria according to which redevelopment and construction is permitted there. It specifies the size of windows and skylights as well as the texture and color of plaster. But as strict as it may be in some areas, it is not a rigid instrument. Because building also follows trends – technical, social or political. The bylaws have therefore been amended, developed and adapted again and again, most recently on monday evening in the city’s building committee.
If the design statutes were a book, they would be a local bestseller. Almost everyone who lives in one of the 320 properties in iphof’s old town has already read it – or at least been quoted from it. Asked mayor josef mend, after some thought he would call it his favorite primer. The city’s cultural heritage is as much in it as mend’s political legacy, which he will leave to his successor in may 2020 after 30 years of service. Mend says: "the point of the design statute is not to prohibit something, but to make a valuable contribution to urban development." The challenging thing is that this does not work with a uniform grid. "Each house must be evaluated individually", says the mayor.