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  1. #1
    Mar 2008
    tel aviv, israel

    Urbanity as opposed to urbanism

    I would like to know members opinion on my defition of urbanity (a planning concept) as opposed to urbanism (which can include suburbia and\or sprawl).

    To be as brief as possible:

    An intensive systematic negotiable public space.

    Intensive means mixed use in dense arrengement.

    Systematic means methodical, even when non geometrical.

    Negotiable means easy access and clearly understood.

    Public space : owned and regulated by the public.

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    Cyburbian Luca's avatar
    Mar 2005
    London, UK
    I don't know is the systematic aspect comes into it. There are some very "organically grown places that are very urban, IMO. Or did you mean something else?

    I think a mix of order and complexity, certainly density are the main characteristics. Beyiond that, I don't know that you want to be too prescriptive in the definition.

    An alternative definition of urban may be: "a land area that is predominantly and unambiguously defined by man-made features.".

  3. #3
    Jun 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    I find your definition a bit too complicated. Urbanity for me is a simpler notion that describes "the various qualities of that which is urban". Not all streets are activity-intense but they can still have urbanity (think of small Paris side streets). Urbanity is instinctive; it is neither clearly defined nor clearly understood, it is felt.

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