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S101S – Describing Building Types: Why They Matter

Urban Landscape Fundamentals


Why is an understanding of building types important to urban planning and design? What aspects of planning are they connected to? Given that urban planning involves the systematic organization and design of the built environment, building types are an important part of the planning puzzle. Many wrongly assume, however, that how building types are defined, understood and used is a straightforward matter. Nothing can be further from the truth. We’ve already seen how specific building types... Read more

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