Urban Design, differs from 'planning' in that it entails searching, finding and unfolding complex and latent forces in the existing milieu rather than imposing a more-or-less idealized project from on high. Moreover, the synoptic imposition of the 'plan' implies a consumption (or extinguishing) of contextual potential, wherein all that is available is subsumed into making of the project. Urban Design, by contrast, discloses, stages and even adds potential for later acts and events to unfold. Whereas the plan leads to an end, urban design provides a generative means, a suggestive vehicle that 'points' but does not overly determine.

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