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How might we best define urban design?
no simple definition
No single definition of urban design exists Taken separately and from a standard dictionary, the words ‘urban’ and ‘design’ have quite clear meanings, but not so much in the context of ‘urban design’
attempts at defining urban design
In practice the term urban design is now used extremely loosely to encompass anything from the design of a building façade to proposals for an entire settlement, or from the management of the public realm and control of design through planning policy to the outcomes of the market led development process In short whilst there is agreement that urban design exists there is considerably less agreement about what it is, and perhaps this is a good thing… Some agreement about parameters is however required.
simple definitions of urban design
Two contrasting definitions of urban design Other recent definitions attempt to sum up the remit of urban design in simple terms
broader definitions of urban design
The definitions provide useful summaries of urban design but fail to encapsulate its complex and multifaceted nature. Broader definitions more successfully capture this complexity Through analysing these definitions a number of reoccurring dimensions of urban design become obvious: The time dimension The scale dimension The visual dimension The perceptual dimension The social dimension The functional dimension
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urban designers must understand and interpret community needs and aspirations. and planning. 2. particularly the public realm. urban design is concerned with helping both the users and the producers of the urban environment. urban designers should be as much promoters and enablers as controllers of urban development. urban design occupies the central ground and operates in interstices between institutions. 6. 3. which still does not deal with issues pertaining to the physical design agenda 1. urban design operates within the procedures of urban development to achieve community objectives. 4. 5.an agenda for urban design The diversity adds to the ambiguity of urban design Where do we draw the boundaries between these wide ranging but overlapping activities? According to the Urban Design Group (UDG). . primarily because it is able to consider the relationship between form and function of adjacent sites To a certain degree it is in contrast to architecture. constrained by site boundaries and client intentions. urban design is concerned with careful stewardship of resources of the built environment. we don’t Urban design has emerged as a discipline.