Urban design and Architecture

Fundamentally, urban design entails connecting people and places. It’s achieved by aligning movement, urban form and nature to create a vibrant community. Urban design architecture concatenates place making through architecture, economic viability, environmental stewardship and social equity to curve unique beauty and identity in places.
Urban design and Architecture
It’s all about the arrangement and architecture of buildings, transport systems, social services and facilities. Urban architectural design condenses to furnishing intended form, unique shape and character to a room, the building, the entire neighborhood and the city at large. It’s a framework that dissects the elements in question into an array of streets, blocks and squares. Urban design weaves architectural city planning and landscaping together to transform a locality to attractive community. Urban designs’ roots run deep; it borrows from planning, transport systems, development economics, architectural design, landscaping and engineering. It starts with establishing visions for a place then introducing the skills and resources required to actualize the vision.

Urban design in its rawest form is place making; it is the actualization of a setting that delivers the sense of a place. This practice is pillared by visualizing an identifiable neighborhood, developing architecture, creating exceptionally pleasing public places, putting up identifiable landmarks and focal points. Other essentials of place making of a neighborhood is : productive commercial centers, development that is mixed floor with retail uses at the ground floor, secure public places with a theme sensitive architecture, beautiful images with decorative elements.

Urban design covers areas ranging from tiny public places, streets to neighborhoods through to city systems and entire regions. Urban design and vibrant community development is said to be arguably the most promising activities of all ages. Maintaining art, artifact and civilizations that outlived their creators is supreme as they are the gift from the designers presented to the future generations. Urban architecture is a perfect definition of an ethical activity; it’s fueled by the urge of public art and architecture which is brought to pass by the science of construction.

How can architecture in present age be both significant to its urban environment and at the cream of building design? For some time- probably a decade- iconic architecture has seen its self energized by the favorable market and buyers’ unquenchable craving for the original and the unusual. The unremitting pace and degree of urbanization, with its split, decentralized and rapidly changing framework, demands a reorganization a designer and purpose of architecture. This confronts and questions the inability to boldly and expansively describe, conceptualize and most importantly project fresh ideas for architecture with relevance to the present day city.

In so doing, it furnishes a potent option for prospective cities: Typological Urbanism. This pursues and nurtures the approach of typological way of thinking in order to re-engage architecture in the city in both a significant and exploratory manner. Gone are the days when architecture and urbanism were seen as two separate spheres, or a couple submissive to each other. They are viewed as blending disciplines and practices that introduce a combining and controlling outcome on the city architecture and its vicinity.

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Having served 16 years in the army Colin re-educated during the early 1990’s including two years at the Camborne School of Mines reading Mineral Surveying and Resource Management achieving a first class Diploma (Dip CSM). This allowed direct entry to the second year at The University of the West of England, Bristol reading Valuation and Estate Management. Training and experience was gained with Exeter City Council Estates Department and Sheperds Chartered Surveyors qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2003. Colin set-up the company in May 2009 and covers the complete range of services.

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