Widen the Scale of Urban Design to the Level of City Planning: Argument beyond a Case of Two Cities

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Abeer Elshater


The current paper traces two characteristics streak. The first is providing a mutating role for urban design as an academic discipline launched for a better life of the second streak. The latter is the world which has urban problems in different places. Some cities are suffering from the overcrowding and overloading population with various types of activities. Notwithstanding having such variety, some cities could have a feature of hardship in the way of citizen’s living. The cities of hardship are in the known and unknown places. Despite the fact that urban design has repeated presence in schools of Architecture and professional practice, it is still an enigmatic term, used separately by different groups in different situations to provide a world's better life. Besides the increasing attention to the subject and the rising number of academics and their praxis that are engaged in urban design have caused a pressing need for a clearer scope of work as well as defining the limitation between the large and small scales projects it exposed. Can urban design (UD) extend to have the regional level in its agenda and work on design level? Can UD be a mongrel paradigm for different disciplines?


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Elshater, A. (2017). Widen the Scale of Urban Design to the Level of City Planning: Argument beyond a Case of Two Cities. UPLanD - Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(2), 207-221. https://doi.org/10.6092/2531-9906/5266


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