I attended a pow-wow recently – aimed at discussing the state of landscape urbanism theory and it’s past, present, and future implications for planning, urban design and landscape architecture. Amongst many other interesting thoughts (more to come on this), one aspect of the conversation that stuck in my brain stuck was the recent (maybe?) upswing in the use of paired terms ending with the term ‘urbanism’ to describe a range of theoretical positions related to all things urban.
The general definition of urbanism fits a wide range of situations, making it an evocative word with easy addition of a modifier. Via Wikipedia: “Urbanism is a focus on cities and urban areas, their geography, economies, politics, social characteristics, as well as the effects on, and caused by, the built environment.”
2nd Rate Urbanism
Middle Class Urbanism
Open Source Urbanism
I’m sure there are 100s of others – but it’s an interesting phenomenon. Have a favorite?