The urban design process was a new concept that I have not used before. It is a general set of activities that most urban design studies use, as it is described in our text. These key sets are analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and implementation. I truly find the analysis part very interesting.
Identifying the hard and soft areas I feel is the most important part of this process. By identifying these key areas help the designer to know what part of the city can accommodate growth and change. This process in my opinion is essential in keeping the importance of the city in mind, as well as, help preserve the historical aspect the city might have.
There a lot that the urban designer must account for. Besides coming up with an efficient design plan they have to account for the financial, political, and sociological aspect as well. Here I found is where a lot of problems will arise based on the simply fact that people have different financial, political, and sociological preferences. This makes the job and responsibilities much more difficult. I am sure depending on the company that hires the urban designer will factor in how they approach these issues. It is interesting to me how long it takes for a urban design to finally be achieved. From Haussman’s design plan for Paris to the commercial development of Battery Park City in Manhattan, it has taken centuries for the final product to be built. I know construction is not a easy as it seems, but I wonder if the years are accounted for when developing a design. Not only how long will it take to construct and implement, but when does this need to be in place for the betterment of that city and community.
It is just amazing to see the vision of so many great designers of urban communities. It is said that the role of the urban designer will eventually grow because land development in the U.S. Not only that but the change in how people want to live and where has caused the role to become more essential to who are the key targets. Whether it’s business or targeting the daily lives of people it is important to keep in mind that all aspects of urban planning should be addressed. There will always be problems that arise so one should not expect to have a perfect plan just one that is the most efficient.