Urban Planning: Methods and Practice

URPL-GP.1603, 4 points.

Semester: Spring


Required for M.U.P. students.

In contrast to History and Theory of Planning (URPL-GP.2660), which emphasizes planning ideas, this course focuses on planning actions. It targets a variety of planning practices by governments at different levels, and introduces basic planning tools and analytic methods. Throughout this class students are expected to build up their own "tool box," while at the same time they need to develop an analytical ability to think "out of the box" when faced with non-traditional, emerging challenges.

Although we will focus on the planning system in the U.S., students with an international interest are encouraged to explore planning practices in different culture, economic, and political contexts. It will be organized into four main parts:
framework of plan making, development control, analysis methods, and sustainable development.


Co-Requisite: CORE-GP.1011

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2014Zhan GuoSyllabus
Spring 2012Zhan GuoSyllabus
Spring 2012Zhan GuoSyllabus
Fall 2010Zhan GuoSyllabus
Fall 2009Zhan GuoSyllabus
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Spring 2009Zhan GuoSyllabus
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Spring 2008Syllabus
Fall 2008Frank S. FishSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Spring 2013Zhan GuoEvaluation
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Spring 2013Zhan GuoEvaluation
Spring 2013Zhan GuoEvaluation
Spring 2012Gonzalez-Rivera, ChristianEvaluation
Spring 2012Park, TinaEvaluation
Spring 2012Guo, ZhanEvaluation
Spring 2012Guo, ZhanEvaluation
Fall 2010Guo, ZhanEvaluation
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Fall 2009Guo, ZhanEvaluation
Fall 2009Von Engel, WinstonEvaluation
Fall 2008Fish, FrankEvaluation
Fall 2008Fish, FrankEvaluation
Spring 2008Von Engel, WinsEvaluation
Spring 2009Guo, ZhanEvaluation
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Guo, Zhan

Weekly Schedule:
Wed - 6:45 pm to 8:25 pm

Session Dates:
09/02/2014 to 12/12/2014

Bldg:194M Room:307