Urban Design

Field of study and practice that falls between and overlaps architecture and city and regional planning, and whose concern is the specific design and contextual integration of city buildings and spaces; includes expertise in, for example, landscape architecture, urban sociology, environmental psychology, and law.

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urban design
design, urban
stadsaanleg Dutch
diseño urbano Spanish

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The field of study and practice of designing the specific appearance, integration, and function of cities, towns, and villages. It is an interdisciplinary field that works with many built environment professions, including urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and civil engineering. For the field concerned with long-term planning for additions and improvements to the spatial organization and content of urban areas, use “urban planning.”

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