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Urban Planning Quotes

What’s Up, Germany? went all out to find the best urban planning quotes from outstanding architects, planners and urban thinkers.

LE CORBUSIER »

ARCHITECT & URBAN PLANNER
The materials of city planning are sky, space, trees, steel and cement—in that order and in that hierarchy.

REBECCA SOLNIT »

AUTHOR
In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witness-ing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship— around participation in public life.

EDUARDO PAES »

MAYOR OF RIO DE JANEIRO
Making cities smart is the first step towards making them wiser. A wise city is one that is equitable, sustainable and resilient.

ANTHONY TOWNSEND »

SENIOR RESEARCH
SCIENTIST, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Smartphones in hand… we are reorganizing our lives and our communities around mass mobile communications.

JANE JACOBS »

ACTIVIST
Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

Urban Planning Quotes

PATRICK GEDDES »

SOCIOLOGIST & TOWN PLANNER
A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.

LEWIS MUMFORD »

SOCIOLOGIST
The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind. For space, no less than time, is artfully re-organized in cities… The city is both a physical utility for collective living and a symbol of those collective purposes and unanimities that arise under such favouring circumstance. With language itself, it remains man’s greatest work of art.

KENZO TANGE »

ARCHITECT
Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.

HERBERT GIRARDET »

ECOLOGIST & WRITER
The cities of the 21st century are where human destiny will be played out, and where the future of the biosphere will be determined.

ANGELA O’BYRNE »

ARCHITECT
I think this is an opportunity to rethink some of the urban planning.