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Urban Design

Urban Design

Urban Design – to find the threshold for monotony and variety.

It concerns the arrangement, appearance and functionality of towns and cities and in particular the shaping and uses of urban Public Spaces. “Urban Design is generally accepted name for the process of giving physical design direction to urban growth, conservation and change. It is understood to include landscape as well as buildings, both preservation and new construction and rural areas as well as cities.”
Modern Cities – Chandigarh, Bhuvneshwar, Gandhinagar
Medieval Cities – Shahjahanabad, Madrai, Jaipur
Baroque Cities – Delhi

Urban Design forms the intersection of urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture and it requires a good understanding of a range of others as well such as urban economics, political economy and social theory.

Urban Design Theory deals primarily with the design and management of public spaces (i.e. public environment, public realm, public domain) and the way public places are experienced and used. Public space include totally of spaces used freely on day-to-day basis by general public such as streets, plazas, parks and public infrastructure.

“Urban Design” is the composition of architectural form and open space in a community context. The elements of a city’s architecture are its buildings, urban landscape and service infrastructure just as form, structure and internal space are elements of a building. Whether public or private in actual ownership, urban design comprises the architecture of an entire community that all citizens can enjoy and identify their own. Like architecture, urban design reflects considerations of function, economics and efficiency as well as aesthetics and cultural qualities. It has a very bright future in years to come and a lot of students are adopting it for post graduation.

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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