York Urbanist

Urban Design

Urban Design is a term for which no single profession can properly take credit. Its definition is well covered by McGill University and Urbandesign.org:
“Urban Designers increasingly occupy a central role in the development and  redevelopment of cities. They must draw simultaneously on the analysis and  policy roles of Urban Planners as well as the form-giving and  aesthetic-quality responsibilities of Architects. Through collaborative  discussion and debate with communities and key stakeholders, Urban Designers  derive the rules, guidelines, and frameworks that developers, Architects, and  builders must follow for creating and manipulating the built environment.
In practical terms, Urban Design provides a set of descriptive and analytical  tools for working with the tangibles of landscape, built form, land use, and  hard infrastructure. Its concepts and methods also enable us to examine and  make sense of how people use space. Critical, then, is ‘life between  buildings’ (as Danish Architect Jan Gehl described it in the English title of  his 1996 book). Urban Design often also encompasses economic projections,  creating and ‘marketing’ a distinctive look for new developments, negotiating  public/private financial partnerships, setting up guidelines and standards  for historic revitalisation, as well as forming non-profit corporations that  link citizens with public- and private-sector financing (Batchelor &  Lewis, 1986).” http://www.mcgill.ca/urbandesign/what/
“Urban design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together to make urban areas functional and attractive….
Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.” http://www.urbandesign.org/
Street Art

Saint John’s core is defined by its art.