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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
built environment
▪ But being simpler, the missions communicate a clearer essence of what the built environment in Southern California ought to look like.
▪ Full appreciation of place will involve exploration of the inter-relationships among the physical environment, the built environment, and the people.
▪ However, put them in a novel built environment and they will walk for miles.
▪ Now imagine, Weiser suggests, computation and connection embedded into the built environment to the same degree.
▪ Nowadays we literally can not afford to neglect the investment, the hard financial investment, stored in our built environment.
▪ Rotating local authors include designer / writer Lynette Evans on how people respond to the built environment.
▪ The built environment therefore equates to the sum total of all the assembled items which surround us, both natural and man-made.
▪ The most important powers available to planners are development controls, which operate predominantly at the level of the built environment.
Built environment

In social science, the term built environment refers to the manmade surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply or energy networks. The built environment is a material, spatial and cultural product of human labor that combines physical elements and energy in forms for living, working and playing. It has been defined as "the humanitarian-made space in which people live, work, and recreate on a day-to-day basis." The "built environment encompasses places and spaces created or modified by people including buildings, parks, and transportation systems." In recent years, public health research has expanded the definition of "built environment" to include healthy food access, community gardens, " walkability" and " bikeability."