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Thoughts on urban planning, city design, architecture, the built environment, social issues, Seoul, Korea, and soon... London

3.4.04

attempts at definition 

Off the cuff and to be modified and added to over time:

What is the city?
The city is a (spatial) area in which there is a high density of people, buildings and infrastructure; its limits are fuzzy and loosely bordered in by areas of low or much lower density (the city bleeds); and its identity as a unit is usually distinguished as such by those living in and outside it (in/in between/out group distinction).

What is urbanism (the way of being)?
Urbanity is the possessing or imparting of the experience of living in a city, i.e. in an environment of density and diversity (of people, buildings, infrastructure).

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