Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The appearance of a town or city; an urban scene: "The high school . . . once dominated American townscapes the way the cathedral dominated medieval European cities” ( Dennis A. Williams).
  • n. A depiction of an urban scene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A view of a town, or a subjective image of a town
  • n. A depiction of an urban scene

Etymologies

town +‎ -scape (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Normally apartments in New York are turned in, and I wanted to open it all up to the townscape.

    Architect Shigeru Ban

  • Many of his pictures have become so deeply ingrained in popular culture that some of our romanticized views of cities and landscapes stem from photos made by Cartier-Bresson, such as his shot of a townscape in the Italian village of L'Aquila, taken in 1951.

    Cartier-Bresson and the Decisive Moment

  • In the art market, vivid stories do much of the selling—and on Wednesday, a collector paid Sotheby's in London a record $40 million for Schiele's earthen-hued townscape from 1914, "Houses with Colorful Laundry Suburb II."

    Sotheby's Sells Schiele Townscape for $40 Million

  • The Wat Khili is an example of what Unesco World Heritage committee members in 1995 called a "unique townscape" the succesful fusion of "traditional architectural and urban structures and those of the European colonial rulers of the 19th and 20th centuries."

    Historic Structures

  • At the time of its listing, Unesco said the aim was to preserve a "unique townscape" that "represents, to an exceptional extent, the successful fusion of the traditional [Laotian] architectural and urban structures and those of the European colonial rulers of the 19th and 20th centuries."

    A Tale of Two Cities

  • But the 80-year-old Korean War veteran and life-long resident of Long Island City has become a bit of a local celebrity for his efforts to capture the area's semi-industrial townscape before it completely succumbs to gentrification.

    Long Island City Clicks With Honorary 'Mayor'

  • Thanks to its 1995 listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang's colonial-era townscape is still largely intact.

    City Walk: Luang Prabang

  • Britain as a hard-working townscape by LS Lowry with wind turbines rather than brick chimneys?

    Can manufacturing fill Britain's economic vacuum?

  • And certainly not that what was left of an engineering marvel like this bridge would be erased from the townscape.

    Railway Echo No 7

  • And where most European urban residences opened out onto a public courtyard, the Dutch home opened out into the street in the front and at the back onto a private garden, as shown in the townscape below.

    Archive 2008-02-01

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