This study examines the strands of thought that define the urban design discourse today. One of the common and
primary urban design approaches developed an understanding of the visual, perceptual, and psychological dynamics
underlying human behavior in urban areas. It associated urban design with the visual characteristics of built forms and
their impact on people's perceptions and ability to create clear mental maps or images of their surroundings. Another
approach emphasized historical, typological, social, and morphological aspects of built forms. It linked successful urban
spaces with mixed-use, traditional urban models and advanced place-making principles that encourage spatially
defined, legible, and culturally grounded built environments. Lately, there has been an increased debate about the
potential of developing an all-encompassing, holistic urban design approach that synthesizes prior urban design
approaches and is predicated on the premise that urban design is an interdisciplinary activity concerned with creating
livable/sustainable built environments. However, dialogues with architects, landscape architects, and planners revealed
an entrenched professional divide among urban design practitioners based on their educational backgrounds and subsequent
experiences. This study is premised on the need to address the contradictory views about the city in design and
planning educational curricula in order to bridge the intellectual divide and build a holistic or interdisciplinary urban
Keywords : Urban Design, Professional Roles, Public Places, Spatial Typology, Built Form.
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