What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

I was asked to define Urban Design and Master-planning in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. After a brief intro those definitions can be found below. As hard as it is to describe to lay people what architects do, it may be even harder to define urban design and describe what urban designers do. Too much are residents of cities used to a system where a city "just happens" and where what happens to the city is the result of politics and who has the power and not the result of masterplans or designs or big ideas. Too discredited are the modernists' models of garden cities and new towns that well intended as they were proved to be sterile and even anti urban. Currently many settle with "Tactical Urbanism" as a way of using quick and bottom up response to shape cities rather than big i...

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