This article unfolds how the predominant binary view towards urban design offers an alternative tripartite interpretation. This less orthodox but more realistic probing of the field's methods of praxis (hybridity, spontaneity, and continuity) “dissolves” its dominant formal-informal binary categorizations. Hybridity represents the synergistic city-nature relationship based on visually persuasive methods of design by mimicking natural processes. Spontaneity captures how local creative impromptu small-scale DIY design intervention efforts fill possible gaps in formal top-down urban design projects. Continuity highlights the complementary (rather than polarized) relationship between formal and informal urbanism.

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