Methods of Urban Planning

This companion course to the first-term Core Urban Planning Studio introduces students to selected methods used by urban planners in understanding, analyzing, and influencing the built environment. Students learn about the following: spatial analysis through GIS; visual representation techniques; projections and forecasts in plan-making, including how demographic, economic, and market forecasts inform land use and infrastructure needs assessments; how alternative land use scenarios are constructed, including approaches to allocating land use, estimating carrying capacity, and build-out analyses; and evaluation of land use impacts through fiscal, economic, social, environmental, and transportation frameworks. Enrollment limited to students simultaneously enrolled in Core Urban Planning Studio I