Ekistics Planning & Design
Urban Design is a profession dedicated to shaping the physical setting of cities, towns and villages. It combines the skills of urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, civil and traffic engineering, real estate development and environmental design. Typical urban design projects include downtown revitalization, streetscape design, waterfront planning, regional planning, city design, civic signage design, neotraditional planning, greenway and park master planning, campus plannning, etc. Urban design strives to build on an established sense of place which is local in character and satisfies elementary needs specific to that place. The approach is broader than simply 'theming' an environment but speaks to ways of providing a sense of visual and tactile unity in the urban environment.