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Urban Design Overview


Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design brings together place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Involving the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities, urban design gives form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, to whole neighbourhoods, and the city. This framework orders the elements into a network of streets, squares, and blocks. The blending of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together is what makes urban areas functional and attractive.

The City’s Urban Design group is a part of the Planning and Urban Design Department. The group made up of Architects, Landscape Architects and Urban Designers, works to implement the City’s vision. As part of all development applications, building projects and studies, Urban Design's Development Review and Approval team provides professional guidance, technical skills and project management to City departments and stakeholders. In addition, the primary role of the Parks and Open Space Development team is to design and construct beautiful, sustainable and high quality parks for all Markham's residents to enjoy.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Development Client Services
101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Telephone: 905-475-4861
Fax: 905-479-7768

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