ur·​ban·​ism | \ ˈər-bə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce urbanism (audio) \

Definition of urbanism

1 : the characteristic way of life of city dwellers
2a : the study of the physical needs of urban societies

Examples of urbanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside and Out Walter Hood, the founder and creative director of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif., is known for projects that blend landscape, urbanism and public art in equal measure. New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 20 Nov. 2019 Tactical urbanism typically involves low-cost, temporary changes to an existing park with the goal of improving it and creating a safe, fun neighborhood gathering place. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Art student will keep pressing forward in Lemon Grove," 26 Sep. 2019 Amidst the long conservative pastime of anti-urbanism, the numerous inequalities that permeate the South’s economy and culture, both rural and urban, have gone unaddressed. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Mayors Fighting for a Progressive Vision of the South," 25 Sep. 2019 The new members don’t have a single, common philosophy: Sawyer ran principally on concerns about density; CdeBaca is most concerned about gentrification; and Hinds is focused on urbanism and transportation design. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "New Denver council challenges Mayor Michael Hancock’s power," 29 Aug. 2019 As the concept of winner-take-all urbanism continues to solidify, tech firms looking to expand or relocate will certainly take lessons from Amazon’s spectacle. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Cities look different now—much more densely populated, as NIMBY defenses against new development gave way to an increasingly vibrant urbanism. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 But on the level of urbanism, the building remains standoffish. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Where’s the urban plan for L.A.’s biggest museum makeover in a decade?," 12 July 2019 All of Colorado is changing, but Denver is entering a new phase of urbanism compared to the rest of the state. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Can this former leader of the secession movement bring Colorado together?," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of urbanism

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Nov 2019

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“Urbanism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanism. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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