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June 9, 2011 - Urban Design and Planning

Field trip to Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah Urban design encompasses such a broad scope of disciplines that it's hard to capture in a simple definition. Here's an attempt by Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life. Okay. For another illustration, see these 14 categories on, a resource catch-all for urban designers. It leads you to think, "What ISN'T urban design?