Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE)
Dr PETER MAKACHIA
ACADEMIC TEAM LEADER (ATL)
Urban Design is defined as the art and science of making places, and is primarily concerned with the public realm of cities and urban areas. It is about making connections between nature and the built fabric, people and spaces, movement and urban form. It draws together many strands of place-making, social equity, economic viability, cultural pertinence and environmental stewardship, into the creation of spaces and places with distinct identity, ambiance and functionality. As a practice, Urban Design is a unique profession that occupies the intersections between many built environment professions, including; spatial (urban) planning, landscape architecture, architecture, geography, civil and municipal engineering. It purports to be the ultimate profession for design of human habitats at close range. It utilizes and orders selected elements from these practices into a network of streets, squares, and blocks, thereby giving form, shape and character to a group of buildings, whole neighbourhoods, and the city at large. It is also greatly influenced by anthropological and psycho-social sciences, and seeks to imbue spaces and places with the human element and genius loci.
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