The objective of this post is to start building a reference frame for the coming ideas and elements to be written in here. The Oxford English Dictionary will be the base for the blog posts for standardization purposes, the rest of the concepts will also be developed around the dictionary.
Urban Entity is any space with enough population, manmade infrastructure (or artifacts) and services that the natural features are no longer in plain sight. In a “numbers” perspective, it is any space with a group of more than a thousand individuals in less than a fifty square kilometers. The definition expandes upon the common agreement found on the policy of several countries like Australia, Canada, India in a minimum population in a certain area; contrary to other countries (like Finland) that relay upon spatial factors. In my opinion, the simpler approach helps clearness and usability of a concept. To set a range for stablishing a universal language the Urban Entity is split into categories for more detailed discussion in Table 1.
Considering the situations I have encountered, the presented scale is applicable in a vague way in most countries. Of course, when talking about a dense and small land like The Netherlands, every figure in the tablet should be adjusted to context.
Urban Matter is defined as situation taking place or has any direct impact in an Urban Entity. The definition encompasses issues or situations affecting in any manner the proper function or use of any service or system in an Urban Entity, from social to physical in both a positive or negative way.