Emily Talen

Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Prior appointments were at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Phd in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American PlanningDesign for DiversityUrban Design Reclaimed, and City Rules. She also has several edited volumes – the most recent one is Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book is called Neighborhood.

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This eight-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process. The first course ...

60 min AICP CM
Urban Design for Planners 2: Getting Started with QGIS and SketchUp

The second course in the Urban Design for Planners series provides training on two important tools: SketchUp and QGIS.

47 min AICP CM
Urban Design for Planners 3: Neighborhoods and Centers

This course demonstrates how to delineate a set of neighborhoods and neighborhood centers for a given area and suggests design improvements that enhance neighborhood centers. 

60 min AICP CM
Urban Design for Planners 4: Mix and Proximity

The purpose of this course is to evaluate land-use diversity in a neighborhood, propose design interventions that would support and enhance a healthy mix, evaluate distances between where people live and...

67 min AICP CM
Urban Design for Planners 5: Density

The purpose of this course is to show how neighborhoods can increase in density in keeping with their character. Students will learn how to find areas that are close to civic uses, commercial areas, and...

65 min AICP CM
Urban Design for Planners 6: Streetscape Design

Learn how to identify thoroughfares where traffic calming is a high priority, identify desired thoroughfare dimensions based on urban context, and create a redesigned thoroughfare. 

60 min AICP CM