ur·​ban·​ist | \ ˈər-bə-nist How to pronounce urbanist (audio) \

Definition of urbanist

: a specialist in city planning

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Other Words from urbanist

urbanistic \ ˌər-​bə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce urbanist (audio) \ adjective
urbanistically \ ˌər-​bə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce urbanist (audio) \ adverb

Examples of urbanist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the pandemic may have tainted city life for some, most urbanists will tell you that contrary to popular conception, urban density isn’t the problem. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Is Already Reshaping Urban Life," 9 June 2020 And urbanists fear the temporary soccer fields could interfere with future plans to possibly remove the interstate. Dallas News, "Dallas council members question soccer field plan under I-345 where many had wanted parking," 22 May 2020 And despite assurances from transportation officials, urbanists fear the soccer fields could interfere with future plans to possibly remove the interstate. Dallas News, "Dallas City Council delays plan for soccer fields under I-345 in Deep Ellum," 27 May 2020 In that shift, urbanists see a chance to save city dwellers not just from the sweep of a pandemic, but from the auto-centric culture that has dominated urban life for decades. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities," 13 Apr. 2020 Michael Sorkin, legendary architect, urbanist, and critic died of complications from Covid-19 in New York City on March 26, as his studio confirmed. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Michael Sorkin, architecture’s brilliant sage, has died of complications from Covid-19," 28 Mar. 2020 In any case, the house becomes not less important, as some urbanists suggest, but more so—not only as a safe haven but a place of work. Joel Kotkin, Fortune, "After coronavirus, we need to rethink densely populated cities," 1 Apr. 2020 Such stories delight urbanists, who want to make LA less dependent on the car. The Economist, "In a jam Angelenos are happy to pay for public transport, but loth to use it," 6 Feb. 2020 Solving what ails American cities also requires urbanists and activists to acknowledge that not all real-estate development is automatically bad. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Everything You Think You Know About Housing Is Probably Wrong," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of urbanist

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Urbanist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanist. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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