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Is Architecture same as Urban Design

Shivangi Mishra | TNN | Jul 1, 2019, 12:54 IST

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Hernán Piñera from Marbella [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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While architects design individual buildings, urban designers are responsible for the outdoor public spaces

With college degrees getting highly specialised, students have become selective. They need to be aware of the fine differences between any two subjects of the same discipline. Many students often get confused when it comes to choosing between a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Bachelor’s in Urban Design.

Though both deal with design, architecture as a discipline is about detailed design of a building whereas, urban design expands the horizon to spaces beyond the built form and plays a significant role in people’s everyday experiences, says Tina Pujara, assistant professor, Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee.

“Architecture is about buildings and urban design is about the spaces in between the buildings. Architecture looks into the detailed design of individual buildings while urban design looks into the design and coordination of all that makes up cities – buildings, public space, streets, transport, landscape,” says Pujara adding that the student needs to be aware about what kind of spaces he/she wants to work with to make a relevant choice between the two degrees.

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