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 This kind of grass-roots change has been called many things: ad hoc architecture, guerrilla architecture, pop-up architecture, tactical urbanism. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, "14 clever COVID-19 design solutions from around the world," 29 Dec. 2020 If much of One Billion Americans is novel, the chapters on housing and transportation reflect a predictable and expected wonkish liberalism that overlaps with some aspects of conservative anti-zoning urbanism. Razib Khan, National Review, "One Billion Americans: A Contrarian Liberal Argues for Mass Immigration," 12 Sep. 2020 In 1961 Jane Jacobs, that keen observer of city life, published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which called attention to one of the cardinal failures of modern urbanism. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, "The Death of Public Beauty," 3 Sep. 2020 But this 392-unit residential complex was also conceived as a celebration of triumphant urbanism — a far cry from the mood of this troubled summer. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Twisty white Mira tower is dazzling on the skyline, but less so on the ground," 12 July 2020 With all its abundant natural beauty, Hawaii isn’t exactly synonymous with urbanism. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Cities in the United States," 8 July 2020 So far, the pandemic’s impact on urbanism has shown up in small changes that can be implemented faster than a new building or zoning plan. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture," 17 June 2020 Over the past few decades, urbanism focussed on undoing this model, cultivating organic density through affordable housing, ever-smaller capsule studio apartments, and mixed-use zoning. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture," 17 June 2020 Born in Washington, DC, his nascent ideas about design and urbanism took form when his family moved to the modernist enclave of Hollin Hills in northern Virginia. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Michael Sorkin, architecture’s brilliant sage, has died of complications from Covid-19," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of urbanism

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2021

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“Urbanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanism. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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