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Urban Design

Scope of Urban Design

It is to provide a framework for exploring the meaning and scope of urban design is contemporary planning and urban development.

Central Argument: Urban Design is neither big architecture nor limited to urban landscape issues. It does not operate solely at the interface between planning and architecture.

Why Urban Design is important?

1. Ecological Significance: Urban Design involves modifying the natural environment. It largely deals with the quality of built environment that are vital for preserving nature. It can be effected positively or negatively; more emphasis on pedestrian circulation; relevance of site (like contour site). Neighborhood concept – everything in 10 minutes reach by walking.

2. Economic Significance: Due to competition, quality of built environment is the key factor that significantly affects local, regional and international image of countries and sets the stage for all economic activity. As Harvey points out that there is string relationship between technological changes in the economic production and structural changes in the quality and production of urban spaces. Here we can consider the concept of smart cities (fully hi-tech designs just like in movie Ultraviolet).

3. Social and Cultural Significance: An important factor determining why people choose to visit, invest in or relocate to a particular place is the “atmosphere” or the “cultural” identity (eg- Chandigarh or Goa)

Ar. Guneet Singh Khurana is a visionary architect, author, educator and currently working in Design Arch as Principal Architect. He holds degree Bachelor's in Architecture from Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. His creative approach and interest in designing inspired him to pursue future in field of architecture. He has over five years of extensive experience in the field of architecture and urban design. He is the founder of Archistudent.net (a resource portal, founded in June 2008, dedicated to providing information and knowledge to the growing community of architecture, interior design, landscape and planning). He is recipient of the PAFE Award for excellence in the field of Environment friendly architecture and University Scholarship for excellence in academics.

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