This course will focus on master planning in the 21st century. We will begin with a historical perspective on master planning in the United States and discuss the evolution of the master plan in modern practice. The course will help students understand the theoretical and technical elements of a master plan and will explore approaches and obstacles to plan preparation and implementation, including stakeholder engagement, public participation, political climate and fiscal considerations. In particular this course will focus on the modern master plan’s standard role as a guiding document for decision making on the built and natural environments and the ways in which modern master planning can address the complex environmental, health and social issues that confront today’s communities. The objective of the course will be to encourage students to think about ways in which we can develop a modern paradigm for master planning that takes into account both physical and social community development.