An exploration, through an interdisciplinary approach, of a number of issues related to making cities more sustainable in terms of environmental protection, economic opportunity, and social justice. The course assist students to develop skills in critical analysis and systems thinking and to use those skills in analyzing sustainability related problems and potential solutions, and to expand students' understanding of the political implications of crafting and moving towards a sustainable urban future.

Exploration of the different needs of diverse economic, racial/ethnic, and gender groups that live and work in cities, the historical background of differences, the impact of societal structures and group cultures, and how public and private policies do and can affect different groups.

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Techniques in urban research, policy analysis, and planning. Survey of descriptive and normative models. Objective and subjective measurements. Emphasis on assumptions of research.

 Basic concepts in statistics and probability; common data sources used in planning and policy analysis; thinking logically about policy problems and employing quantitative methods when appropriate;  hands-on knowledge of Excel and SPSS software packages and elegant methods of computation in those environments; effective communicate of research findings; and specialized methods used in planning and policy analysis, particularly those designed to describe spatial and temporal phenomena.

Land use concepts and definitions: legal context for planning; markets and planning; planning for housing; community services, employment, utilities, and transportation; zoning; subdivision regulations; growth management; plan implementation.

Legal framework for U.S. planning; approaches to the planning process; tools and technology; systems thinking; defining problems and issues; soliciting goals and values; developing and making good presentations; public participation; developing and evaluating alternatives and scenarios; plan evaluation; developing RFPs.

Examination of key, selected major events and issues in U.S. planning history and the development of the planning profession; exploration of major themes in planning theory and practical applications of them; and analysis of the relationship of history and theory.

Fundamental concepts and principles in microeconomics (such as utility, demand and supply, elasticity, opportunity cost, and substitution); b) economic theories such as consumer theory and production theory; c) market failures; d) theoretical and empirical understanding of urban functions, intra-metropolitan location of activities, and the role of metropolitan planning in a market economy; e) conceptual and analytical framework for studying the function and structure of metropolitan areas.

The interrelationship between transportation and land use. What are the impacts of various transportation modes on land use patterns, and how can land use solutions influence travel demand. The integration of transportation into master planning and site impact analysis. Using quantitative methods to understand the land use and transportation linkage.


 Examines selected, key topics associated with growth management, defined as policies and strategies by which governments attempt to control the amount, location, pace, pattern and quality of development within their jurisdictions.  The course places growth management in the context of domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental quality, preserve critical land resources and wildlife habitat, promote “sustainable development”, and address social equity issues.

Spatial patterns of employment and populations, and models of urban and regional growth and decline. Focus on application of economic theory and urban planning techniques to issues of local economic development and planning.

Planning, Architectural and Public Policy students are introduced to the real estate development process primarily from the point of view of the private entrepreneurial developer. It will include the steps in undertaking a real estate development from the initial concept to the property management and final disposition, the basic financial and tax concepts underlying real estate development, a review of national housing policy, including public-private partnerships, and solving specific real estate development problems using financial spreadsheets.

 Analyses of planning approaches and methods that can help communities – particularly low income communities – become stronger, more cohesive, and more capable of serving their interests. Examines urban poverty; urban politics; history, concepts and practice of community development; and community development approaches and methods.

This course will provide introduction to the concept of resilience, particularly as it relates to supporting community resilience through hazard mitigation, adaption, and disaster recovery planning. This course will explore, through a multihazard approach, the necessary connection between recovery and mitigation. This course will highlight the concept of social vulnerability and the insidious ways in which some groups are disadvantaged in their ability to resist, adapt to, respond to, and recover from natural hazards and environmental threats.

Practical training in the use of such urban design software as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, AutoCAD and SketchUp.

Fundamental concepts, hands-on experience and real-world applications of such urban planning technologies as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data visualization, 3D modeling, mash-ups, digital design tools, web surveys, photo/video sharing (web/video conferencing), crowdsourcing web publishing and tools, search engine optimization, blogs, Twitter and social networking.

Skills development in the use of advanced GIS methods, including  CommunityViz, a set of software tools for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating about potential futures of a given community. 

 Introduction to theory and concepts useful in transportation policy making and planning, with emphasis on economics and finance.  Development of  basic understanding of transportation modeling and forecasting.

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This course explores the historical and contemporary interrelationships among metropolitan policy, planning practice, and public education. The course engages interdisciplinary scholarship, case studies, and guest speakers. It examines issues such as: school, neighborhood, and metropolitan segregation; schools as centers of community; school siting and land use; school facility planning and management; school transportation; education reform and school choice; school closures.

The proliferation of data, technology and new analytical methods are changing cities in rapid and dramatic fashion. These changes have implications for the look and feel of cities, the behavior patterns of the people who inhabit them, and the decisions made by people who govern them. As cities become smarter, our understanding of them must evolve in a similar fashion. This course will introduce students to the concept of Smart Cities and their implications for the current and future development of urban areas. Students will learn about the history of urban development and when cities gained their sentience, how cities learn and grow their intelligence, and how these trends shape the lives of urban and rural dwellers alike. The course begins by introducing the "components" of the smart city: new and novel data sources (embedded sensor networks, crowdsourcing), new methods of (connected devices, machine learning, data science), and new ways of modeling, simulating, and visualizing urban phenomena. The second half of the course discusses how these components are changing the performance and experience of different aspects of urban life in areas like transportation, public health, criminal justice, and social equity.

URSP 688Z explores the changing patterns of immigration and ethno-cultural diversity that are shaping new geographies of race and immigration, and the various forms, meanings, and uses of urban space; explores strategies for improving planning processes, policies, built spaces, and the culture of planning to support an appreciation of and right to difference in the city and the ethical and equitable treatment for all residents.

Intensive community planning group field work, typically five days a week for four weeks. Often outside the USA. Application of class work to actual planning and policy challenges. Students seeking to meet the URSP studio requirement must also take URSP 706.

Intensive analysis and report-preparation of work completed in URSP 705 Held in College Park. Students seeking to meet the URSP studio requirement must also take URSP 705.

The studio course simulates the practice of planning in a real-world setting. It provides an opportunity for students to learn through doing, with faculty providing guidance rather than instruction, building on the students' previously-acquired knowledge, skills, and ability. Additional learning-which may include invited speakers, discussions, and library research-may be needed to further the project, but the format is more like on-the-job training than a lecture, seminar or laboratory class. Because each studio deals with dynamics outside the classroom, and because it involves group interaction, each is a unique experience. Even with the most careful preparation, unanticipated things may happen in the course of a project; learning to deal with them is part of the studio experience.

Formerly: URSP703. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: URSP703 or URSP709.

An advanced research seminar for M.A. and M.C.P. students preparing their final research projects.

Directed research and study of selected aspects of urban studies and planning. Repeatable to a maximum of six credits if the topics are significantly different.

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Directed thesis study.  Contact department for additional information.

Relations between theory and practice in planning. Ways of developing and using knowledge in collective action. Challenges to organizing for planning, finding knowledge useful for planning and balancing social attachments with free inquiry.

Addresses fundamental aspects of research desing for Ph.D students in urban planning and policy-related fields. Topics include principles of research design, formulating a feasible hypothesis and identifying appropriate methodology for testing hypotheses eg. qualitative methods, quantitative methods, survey research. Writing of proposals and dissertation. Publication, presentation, and funding.

Introduces Ph.D. students to current metropolitan issues. Focus is on the historical development of the issue, problem definition, methodological approaches to its study, methodological dilemmas, and the ways that different conclusions are translated into policy. Topics vary from semester to semester but include such topics as the spatial mismatch hypothesis, the impact of urban design and form on travel behavior, the impact of technology on urban form, the justification for historic preservation, and sustainable development.

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