ur·​ban·​ism ˈər-bə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce urbanism (audio)
: the characteristic way of life of city dwellers
: the study of the physical needs of urban societies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mays’ passion for urbanism led her to work with governments up and down the east coast, including Washington, D.C., Spartanburg, S.C., Guilford County, N.C., and Atlanta. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 3 Feb. 2023 Below are 13 such titles, spanning the worlds of interior design, architecture, urbanism, and art. Curbed Staff, Curbed, 8 Nov. 2022 The success of Cape Malay cuisine, combined with South Africa’s rapid embrace of urbanism, has brought new pressures on Bo-Kaap. Griffin Shea, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 Most papers focus on discussing the imagery, themes and cinematography of the movie, one paper discusses the urbanism of the movie, one paper discusses replicants in the larger context of the ethics and potential of bioengineering. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2015 The second provides an analysis of how trends visible in Las Vegas relate to larger developments in architecture and urbanism. Christopher Hawthorne, The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 2023 The Quadrangle mall, completed in 1966, was more subdued, taking the traditional forms and urbanism of Santa Fe to create an intimate environment for shopping and entertainment. Dallas News, 7 Dec. 2022 Curbed’s Alissa Walker has a look at Musk’s infuriating ideas about urbanism (which of course fly in the face of established fact). Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2022 After the screenings, Mays will sit down with fellow MPA and urban researcher Christopher Tyler Burks for a podcast-style conversation about the films and the future of urbanism in Birmingham and the region. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 3 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of urbanism was in 1884

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“Urbanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanism. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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