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This course is an excerpt from the Planetizen AICP Exam Preparation Class. It offers a succinct, structured overview of the key principles in U.S. city planning theory and explains major topics of planning history, concluding with a discussion of legal doctrines enshrined in the United States Constitution that all practicing planners must know.
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.
This course provides professional planners with a thorough and thoughtful discussion of ethical concerns likely to face many planners in their careers. The work of planning for communities is rooted in values, often unexpressed, about the role of government in working for a better future. So planners should, from time to time, examine their own values and those of the American Institute of Certified Planners as they go about their work in the public or private sectors.
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.