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This course surveys the key economic, environmental, sociopolitical, and technological shifts responsible for the evolution of contemporary planning from 1980 to contemporary times. Assessing historical planning movements through a critical lens, course instructor Jason Luger discusses the relevance of past successes and failures for cities today.
This course explores the central role of planning in envisioning cities in the middle 20th century. World War II and the Cold War re-ordered power and politics in new ways. The tragic destruction and loss of World War II gave transformed into exciting opportunities for planners to try new things, in new ways.
Explore the development of the city and city planning from 1900 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
This course explores the development of the city, and city planning, from ancient times until the birth of the modern city. Learn about key developments, innovations and debates in early planning.
By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the way in which transportation systems interact with society and the economy.
Learn about Missing Middle Housing and how to integrate these types into existing neighborhoods.
This course defines form-based codes, explains why they were invented, and distinguishes form-based codes from conventional "use-based" zoning ordinances—all with an emphasis on placemaking and walkability. We will provide an overview of the development of form-based codes, their mandatory and optional component parts, and the importance of making form-based codes context or place-specific.
From unsanctioned crosswalks to city-led "Pavement-to-Plaza" programs, instructor Mike Lydon describes the success of short-term, temporary projects in influencing long-term physical and policy changes in cities across the United States and Canada.
Developed in conjunction with other movements, the Tactical Urbanism approach allows a host of local actors to test new concepts before making substantial political and financial commitments. Sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, Tactical Urbanism features the following five characteristics: phased instigation, meeting local planning challenges, realistic and short term, low risk-high gain, and stakeholder capacity building.