About Urban Planning

Although many of the cities of the world – particularly the oldest cities in the world – were brought up organically with little to no organization, most cities in the world today benefit from a varying degree of urban planning. Urban planning is a broad term for the strategy that goes into creating healthy living spaces in the city environment. Urban planners oversee broad things such as zoning, green spaces, vehicular arteries, and even minute details such as traffic light placement and building alignment. 

Urban Studies Trivia

What is the Concentric Zone Model?

The Concentric Zone Model is a model explaining the internal structure of urban social setting with an arrangement of social groups in a series of rings. It was the first model to describe the distribution of various social groups in cities. The development of the model was based on the idea that the nature of growth of a city is that it starts from a central region and grows outwards in a series of rings.

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What is a Broadacre City?

A Broadacre City was an urban development. According to Wright, structures in a Broadacre city ought to be organic and in harmony with humanity as well as the environment. According to Wright, structures in a Broadacre city ought to be organic and in harmony with humanity as well as the environment.

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What is Urban Sprawl?

Urban sprawl is a term used to describe the mostly suburban development of cities beyond their original boundaries. Although the term itself is neutral, it has also been highly politicized and today predominantly has negative connotations. Some of these negative connotations include the spread of a population with no defined center, segregation, or discontinuity, the loss of city culture, the dependency of automobiles, and the degradation of wildlife habitats and agricultural land.

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What Was the Garden City Movement?

The garden city movement was a concept introduced by British author Sir Ebenezer Howard. It is a theory of urban design which seeks to establishment small cities that not only have impeccable planning and excellent amenities, but also emphasize the natural beauty of the countryside. The concept was intended to enable the residents of a city to better connect with nature and avoid crippling congestion.

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What is Urbanization?

Urbanization refers to a pattern of rural to urban migrations that results in larger city centers and urban sprawl.

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What Was the Big Dig?

The Big Dig in Boston was one of the most technically challenging infrastructural projects ever undertaken in the U.S and holds the record for the most expensive highway project. This massive road infrastructure project was undertaken to ease the congestion in Boston and to upgrade the Central Artery road which split the city into half. The total cost of the project is estimated at $14.8bn when the project was completed in December 2007.

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What is New Urbanism?

New urbanism is an urban design movement which advocates for the use of environment-friendly habits by establishing walkable neighborhoods that comprise of a wide array of housing and job types. The movement first emerged in the early 1980s in the United States and has progressively influenced many features of municipal land use strategies, urban planning, and real estate development.

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What is the Broken Windows Theory?

The broken windows theory is a theory of urban criminology that emerged in the early 1980s and was heavily utilized by the New York Police. It is an approach to fighting crime which theorizes that the upkeep of cities helps to promote the civil participation in its well-being. In simple terms, the more orderly a city appears (hence the connection to "broken windows"), the more orderly its citizens will behave.

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