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U.S. City Planning 101

This course is for viewers without a background or education in city planning who would like to know more about the profession, such as community members, stakeholders in planning processes, staff in planning offices, and other planning-adjacent individuals.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (46 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2021
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    1.
    Introduction
    Chapter Duration 1 min
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    2.
    U.S. City Planning History
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    3.
    Who Plans Cities?
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    4.
    Long-range Planning
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    5.
    Zoning
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    6.
    Transportation Planning
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Housing
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Environmental Planning
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    9.
    Urban Design
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    10.
    Conclusion
    Chapter Duration 1 min

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the role of city and regional planning in contemporary society
  • Understand the basic trajectory of urban form and city planning throughout history
  • Understand how a wide range of professions, individuals and organizations influence planning decisions
  • Understand how the struggle for racial, social, and environmental justice has shaped and continues to shape the trajectory of city planning
  • Understand the effect urbanization has on the natural environment and climate change
  • Identify the basic subfields of city planning, including transportation, land use, housing, and urban design

Course Description

This course is designed as a first introduction to the topic of city planning. This course explores those topics by answering a series of commonly asked questions about cities, such as who plans cities, and why did we build the suburbs? The content is designed to provide foundational knowledge about several planning subfields, such as transportation, land use, the environment, and housing. Viewers will leave with a basic understanding of the field and gain the knowledge and resources to pursue more advanced topics on Planetizen and Planetizen Courses. This course is for viewers without a background or education in city planning who would like to know more about the profession, such as community members, stakeholders in planning processes, staff in planning offices, and other planning-adjacent individuals. This course can also serve as a refresher on the basics for practicing planners.

Learn these skills

  • History
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes

Meet Your Instructor

Dave Amos

Dave Amos

Dave is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the producer of the popular YouTube channel City Beautiful.

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