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What is Polyurbanism?

The approach is based on the simple concept that there are many successful models for urban life.

Theories and conceptualisations of this urban life, such as the work of Jane Jacobs and Kevin Lynch, New Urbanism and landscape urbanism, offer important inspiration which can assist designers, planners and policymakers in shaping and considering urban development. However, there is no overarching theory or paradigm which encapsulates all urban life, and given the enormous variety of cultures, climate, politics and economics which shape the contemporary city, what is right for one place, is not necessarily applicable to another.

Polyurbanism recognises both the diversity of contemporary urbanism, but also the important role of paradigms and exemplars, which help us to consider and direct urban form.

“Let a thousand urbanisms bloom!”

(Sorkin, 2002)


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