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Urban planners are extremely senior architects with proven track records of successful projects. They are the ultimate architectural large scale thinkers. They must think of towns or cities as a whole entity and need to envisage how buildings and constructions will affect them. The layout of a town and particularly the placement of new structures will have great implications on the landscape and all those who live in it.
They must be experts at landscape planning and all associated links that are involved with a city and its structure. These include transportation, people flow, accessibility and provision of all services.
Ultimately an urban planner is responsible for improving the economic and social environments of a place through construction and design.
In all cases urban planners must be aware of sustainability, aesthetics, safety and issues surrounding potential decay, light and sound. Similarly, they need to have built strong relationships with members of councils, architects, contractors and engineers.