Urban planning/Introduction

Urban, city, or town planning is the discipline of land use planning which explores several aspects of the built and social environments of municipalities and communities. Other professions deal in more detail with a smaller scale of development, namely architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Regional planning deals with a still larger environment, at a less detailed level.

In the nineteenth century, urban planning became influenced by the newly formalized disciplines of architecture and civil engineering, which began to codify both rational and stylistic approaches to solving city problems through physical design. However since the 1960's the domain of urban planning has expanded to include economic development planning, community social planning and environmental planning.

In the 20th century, part of the task of urban planning became urban renewal, and re-invigorating inner cities by adapting urban planning methods to existing cities, some with much long-term infrastructural decay.

The continuous search for utopia by architects and urban planners sees no limitations. The search for the ideal state has been on-going for generations of designers. Here, we focus on some of the key issues that you should explore.

Urban utopias edit

  • Advanced Architectural and Urban Design
  • Sustainable Building Technology in Future Cities
  • Contemporary Utopian Theories
  • The Safe and Accessible Environment
  • Aesthetic Experience of Architecture in the Urban Context
  • Philosophy and Theory of Urbanism and Conservation
  • Bio-Contextual Building Technologies
  • Next Generation Urban Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Development and the Ecology of Cities
  • Energy Effcient Public Housing and New Town Design
  • Terrorist Free Cities