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Rahul Mehrotra

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 33: Urban Design: Beyond Architecture at Scale

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Urban Design: Beyond Architecture at Scale
Urban Design: Beyond Architecture at Scale
Rahul Mehrotra

Urban design is a bridge practice – one that implies flows, is open, plastic, and reconfigures itself depending on the problem and the agents, actors, and constituencies it has to influence. It is plastic enough to even configure and reconfigure itself between built form and the broader ecologies of the natural system in which it is situated, and more critically as the bridge discipline that embraces the autonomy of architecture and the rich terrain of social science that (ideally) informs the discipline of urban planning. Today urban design seems to be understood in complete contradiction to this intent. In fact, democracy with advanced capitalism and neoliberal policy ...

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