They are all around us, and yet often we give them barely a thought...
However, from next week a celebration is taking place of the buildings, streets and views which make up the urban architecture of the city we all call home.
Urban Design Week returns to Sheffield on Monday for its sixth year.
The week will see a series of events being run throughout the city, with the aim of bringing together local residents, professionals and anyone with an interest in the shape of the city.
Rob Thompson, Sheffield Council principal urban designer and organiser of the week, said: “We want to raise awareness of design in the city and get the public interested in architecture so they can see what goes on.”
He said that, this year in particular, a lot of people are interested to know what is happening with the new market on The Moor – and they will have a chance to find out at a guided tour of the premises as part of the week’s events.
He said: “It’s not about just what urban designers think, it’s about what the public think too.
“Places at the events are going fast and it’s great a lot of people are so interested, but there are still places up for grabs.”
Entries from a creative project entitled Dear Sheffield will also be showcased throughout the week, in the window of the former TJ Hughes store on The Moor.
The initiative is being run by Sheffield Society of Architects to mark its 125th anniversary.
People are being asked to submit a suggestion for their most beloved place in Sheffield through pictures, poetry, prose, film, or in any way they wish.
Other events include a tour of the new University Technical College on Shoreham Street, and a visit to Sellers Wheel, a refurbished Grade II-listed building on Arundel Street in the city centre – events are being held until Friday.
n To find out more information, including venues and contact details, download the event programme from https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/planning-and-city-development/urban-design--conservation/urbandesign/urban-design-week.html – for details about Dear Sheffield visit http://dearsheffield.tumblr.com