Preview this course
Urban Design for Planners 6: Mix and Diversity
Already a subscriber?
Urban Design for Planners 6: Mix and Diversity

Urban Design for Planners 6: Mix and Diversity

58 min

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

Planners often argue that neighborhoods should be socially and economically diverse—mixed in income, mixed in use, and actively supportive of places that commingle people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, occupations, and households. Mix is measured by determining the spatial clustering of different types of land uses within a defined area. The designer can investigate the range of uses in a locale. The objective in this course is to evaluate land-use diversity in a neighborhood and propose design interventions that support and enhance a healthy mix.

In This Course

  1. Course instructor Emily Talen introduces the goals and content of the course.
  2. What is Mix?
    Advocates for smart growth, the creative class, and sustainability espouse a spatial mix of diversity in people and function as a fundamental goal. Quality in the built environment is routinely measured on the basis of variety, choice, and interest.
  3. QGIS: Identifying Areas of High Mix
    Two layers—"land use by parcel" and "housing type by block group"—enable different interpretations of the spatial distributions of mix within a community. Look for areas with a pattern of mix worth investigating for possible design intervention.
  4. Learn how to use parcel and census data to identify areas characterized by particularly homogeneous housing types.
  5. GIMP and Inkscape: Design Ideas for High Mix
    Areas of mix located some distance away from the main commercial corridors can serve as important seeds of diversity. Design elements can be inserted to create an environment that supports mix.
  6. QGIS: Representing Mix with Buildings
    This chapter demonstrates how to use buildings (as opposed to parcels) to represent mix.
  7. QGIS and Scribus: Presenting Infill Ideas for Low Mix
    This chapter introduces Scribus and shows a simple method for suggesting multi-family infill in single-family areas.
  8. Inkscape: Adding a Bungalow Court
    Bungalow courts offer a creative way to introduce density into a single-family neighborhood.

Published 2014