Christopher Whong

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Chris Whong is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He works as a technologist building the future of distributed and discoverable data at Qri. (https://qri.io).  Prior to Qri, he spent 3 years at the NYC Department of City Planning, where he founded the progressive digital services unit NYC Planning Labs (https://planninglabs.nyc) to build impactful tools using Free and Open Source Software. He is an urbanist, mapmaker, data junkie, and Civic Hacker. As web developer and open data enthusiast, he works on technology projects to help understand urban systems from budgets and taxes to buses and taxi cabs. 

Chris received a B.S. in Geography from the University of Maryland in 2003 and an M.U.P. from NYU in 2013.

Students will learn the fundamentals of web development with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and github.   Using Free and Open Source Spatial Data tools, students will learn to bring their maps to life on the web as interactive experiences.  Use tools like QGIS, CartoDB and PostGIS.  Final project will be an interactive web map around an Urban topic of your choosing.

This course will involve programming, some experience is preferred but not required. Contact the instructor for introductory coding resources to review before class.   Personal Laptops are required.

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This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation and analysis of urban spaces in New York City, with discussion of the region, the country and abroad. The introductory nature of the course necessitates overview of a broad range of topics rather than in-depth exploration of each topic. However, all course materials and work will relate to the forces that shape urban form. By the end of the course, each student will develop an awareness of the built environment and the critical elements required for successful place making. Learning throughout the semester will be project-centered with hands-on application of physical planning and design. Students will focus on planning process during the first half of the semester and development for the remainder.

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Students will learn the fundamentals of web development with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and github.   Using Free and Open Source Spatial Data tools, students will learn to bring their maps to life on the web as interactive experiences.  Use tools like QGIS, CartoDB and PostGIS.  Final project will be an interactive web map around an Urban topic of your choosing.

This course will involve programming, some experience is preferred but not required. Contact the instructor for introductory coding resources to review before class.   Personal Laptops are required.

Download Syllabus

Students will learn the fundamentals of web development with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and github.   Using Free and Open Source Spatial Data tools, students will learn to bring their maps to life on the web as interactive experiences.  Use tools like QGIS, CartoDB and PostGIS.  Final project will be an interactive web map around an Urban topic of your choosing.

This course will involve programming, some experience is preferred but not required. Contact the instructor for introductory coding resources to review before class.   Personal Laptops are required.

Download Syllabus

Students will learn the fundamentals of web development with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and github.   Using Free and Open Source Spatial Data tools, students will learn to bring their maps to life on the web as interactive experiences.  Use tools like QGIS, CartoDB and PostGIS.  Final project will be an interactive web map around an Urban topic of your choosing.

This course will involve programming, some experience is preferred but not required. Contact the instructor for introductory coding resources to review before class.   Personal Laptops are required.

Download Syllabus