Eli5: What is an urban planner? What do they do? Are they like architects?

57 viewsOther

Eli5: What is an urban planner? What do they do? Are they like architects?

In: Other

3 Answers

Anonymous 0 Comments

They could be architects. But they will develop or plan or help with plans or programmes in urban areas.

Urban areas being places like the inner city.

It could be making buildings, or outdoor spaces.

Anonymous 0 Comments

They are responsible for helping design roads, how traffic is controlled, how areas should be zoned (for homes, retail shopping, etc.), what sort of restrictions should be in place for construction, etc. Basically how the space will be used or changed or updated based on a lot of factors, like how many people luve there now, how many people they expect to live there in the future, where resources are located there, what amenities are available in the area and how they could be expanded to the city.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Retired urban planner and professor of urban planning here!

Architects are typically hired by the other of a piece of property to design a building for that site. Planners are concerned with the whole neighborhood, city, or even region. Here is the definition of urban planning that I use in my class: “Planners use the tools of public policy and design to create communities where all people can thrive. Planners work with government officials, business leaders, and citizens. It is a collaborative field. Planners help thriving communities adjust to the demands of growth and work to reverse the decline of distressed communities.”

What does that mean? Planners use regulations like zoning and building design standards to guide the way that cities grow and develop. We write grants to bring in money to solve problems in a community like building a community center or cleaning up a contaminated property. We work with the community to prepare plans so that government officials have a blueprint for where to invest and what type of development to allow.

We can get involved in quite a bit more, but that gives you an overview.