Urban Planning

Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks. It refers to the process of envisioning alternative futures for an urban area, setting goals and objectives, and formulating implementation strategies to reach the alternative future. Urban planning deals with physical layout of human settlements. The primary concern is the public welfare, which includes considerations of efficiency, sanitation, protection and use of the environment, as well as effects on social and economic activities.Urban planning is considered an interdisciplinary field that includes social science, engineering and design sciences. It is closely related to the field of urban design and some urban planners provide designs for streets, parks, buildings and other urban areas. Urban planning is also referred to as urban and regional planning, regional planning, town planning, city planning, rural planning, urban development or some combination in various areas worldwide.

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Important Terms Used

These are some Key Terms used in Urban Planning and Design:

  • Built Environment
  • Public Space
  • Green Space
  • Redlining
  • Buildable Envelope
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Building Codes
  • Setbacks
  • GIS
  • Density
  • Walkability
Public Infrastructure

Public Infrastructure

Public infrastructure is infrastructure owned or available for use by the public. It is distinguishable from generic or private infrastructure in terms of policy, financing, purpose, etc

This website was created by Alexander Gilbertson to help people learn about Urban Planning.