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Are there any set of rules and regulations that tells about how much area should one cover while designing some structures in a green belt? If not can please someone help me reaching a decision as to how much area be given for facilities like a visitors' information centre, public aminities and other related areas.
Thank you
Preeti Pahwa
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Preeti, I know there are special rules for "greenbelt development" in the UK and most probably other countries may use similar rules to regulate.

A "rule of thumb" for Greenbelt Design would simply be "mininal structures".
Frank John Snelling
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Yes, Mr john I do understand that 'minimal structures' would definitely be the thumb rule but if you could or anyone please let me know what does the byelaws of other places say, since no standards have been formulated as such for site of my project.
Its only to justify my own words.
Preeti Pahwa
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Preeti, The original meaning of "greenbelt" was define the outer boundary of a city beyond which no development was allowed. Today the meaning has changed to also mean green areas for the public within the city boundary.

The reason for creating the greenbelt rule was to stop "urban sprawl" or the continual expansion of out of control urban areas.

The original control upon the boundary of a city for thousands of years was defensive city walls. When cannon artillery became common about 200 years ago (city walls were quickly battered into rubble). Then the city wall limits were ignored and cities expanded completely out of control.

If there are no rules or guidelines for "greenbelt" in India, then you could check in other countries. But, your brief sounds like a Tourist Reception Centre in a greenbelt area, so again you could check out the rules for those. :)
Frank John Snelling
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Thank you sir, the background comes really well but my question is somehow still unanswered, I still dont have any figures. No, its not that I want somebody to fetch those guidelines for me, but only because I believe many practising architects are also members of archnet, so they might know 'the rules' since I am unable to find them, having used all my resources.
regards
Preeti Pahwa
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Preeti, I am working in the dark here. Are you designing a real project or a student project?

If it is a student project, then you can use the maxim of the Duke of Wellington for organising military campaigns. When you are working through a project and you come to a problem you are unable to solve, then "Tie a knot in the problem and move on". In other words, give the problem your best guess and move on.

Making an educated guess myself. I suggest you estimate how many people you expect your Visitors' Information Centre to handle daily. You can estimate the numbers of cars and buses for the parking areas. You can estimate how many staff you need to run the centre. You can estimate the toilet facilities and catering needs.

Ah! A sudden flash of inspiration. Here in Turkey, in a school of architecture; I came across a German architectural textbook (I do not know if there is an english version) which laid out specifications for all types of architectural layouts. This degree of throughness is characeristic of the German culture and may be worth you tracking down a copy. :)))
Frank John Snelling
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This is a student project only, and I have also come to same conclusions, as suggested by you, Mr. John. However it sometimes gets difficult to convince your jury and that's exactly my problem. Anyways, thanks a lot for the suggestions :)
Preeti Pahwa
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Hi,

Frank must be referring to Neufert's Architects' Data, which is available in English from Blackwell Publishing.

In the U.S., AIA's Architectural Graphic Standards is the most common handbook for dimensions. Here's a good list of similar handbooks:
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/
subjects/architecture/design/timesav.html
.

Preeti, if you have access to any of these books, you should be able to calculate minimum areas for your public structures based on the desired occupancy numbers.
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