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

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This year’s best design and urbanism books feature impeccable modern interiors and fantastical cityscapes, educational toys and landscape utopias, plus playgrounds, textiles, subway tiles, and road trips. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Despite important developments in transportation, climate change policy, and equity that potentially have far greater long-term consequences, this year’s biggest event in urbanism, by far, was Amazon’s beauty pageant of a corporate location search. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Food halls are ultimately providing a refreshed way of thinking about American urbanism by looking abroad, said Krishnendu Ray, an associate professor of food studies at New York University. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 Amber Wiley, assistant professor of art history at Rutgers University, researches architecture, urbanism, and African American cultural studies. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "SCAD Building Named After Clarence Thomas Sparks Opposing Petitions," 22 Oct. 2018 Zaryadye, built using the rubble from the hulking Soviet-era Rossiya Hotel that was Europe’s largest in the ’60s but demolished in 2006, answers new needs and aspirations—to be a showcase of the most up-to-date green urbanism. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 The choice to stay or go could be much harder if cities invested more in family-friendly urbanism, better day care policies, and improved housing options—and these changes could make parenting in an expensive city easier, too. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why do young parents move away? Our cities aren’t designed for kids," 19 June 2018 Even more encouragingly, the Fallows found that most of these investments in urbanism showed government actually working. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Our Towns: How small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving," 9 May 2018 Transportation crisis Venezuela has never before in modern times experienced such a public transportation crisis, said sociologist Gustavo Chourio, an architecture professor and urbanism expert at the University of Zulia in Maracaibo. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of urbanism

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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