M.S. Urban Planning

The Urban Planning Program has as its mission the education of individuals in the (1) fundamental economic and political processes that shape the built environment of cities, (2) ways in which governments, community-based organizations, private sector actors, and political mobilizations produce and influence these processes, and (3) crafting of collective efforts to improve the quality of life of city residents. The tensions among market forces, civil society and the goals of planning are of major concern. Particular attention is given to the importance of expert knowledge and the quest for social justice.

In pursuit of these goals, the program focuses on the ideas and techniques developed by planners and social activists since the emergence of the planning profession in the early twentieth century. To this, the faculty adds knowledge from the social sciences, architecture and urban design, historic preservation and the humanities.

Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on real-world problems and how planners can act to improve the lives of urban residents. In doing so, the program takes the cities of the world as its laboratory. With the program located in New York City, one of the global centers of international commerce and culture and a city experiencing population growth, it looks to the city’s planning issues for studios, classroom examples and thesis topics. Still, the problems of cities — whether they be London or Sao Paulo, Las Vegas or Nairobi — can be understood only in a global context. By the end of their time in the program, students are competent to analyze issues, develop plans and advise policymakers on the important issues related to the growth and development of cities. They do so with the intent of making cities more just, more equitable and more prosperous.

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Curriculum

The faculty shares a core pedagogic belief that the best professional education takes place in an environment of learning by doing, reinforced by classroom work and group projects. Planners must have a thorough understanding of the economic, social, political, and physical forces that shape the built environment. These beliefs are implemented through program offerings that include familiarity with the range of analytic and research techniques used by planners, a semester-long studio project, and courses in planning history and theory.

Planning education is designed to produce individuals who have a general knowledge of urban and regional development (and planning interventions to shape that development) and specialized knowledge in a sub‐discipline of planning. The four concentration options include: Built Environment, Community and Economic Development, International Planning and Development and Urban Analytics. Students take a minimum of four courses in a Concentration.

Studios
Studio is the core teaching model of an architecture school. In the Urban Planning studio, there is a real client with a real-world issue that will be analyzed by students working as a team under the direction of the faculty member. The plan that results will reflect data analysis, design analysis, and economic analysis, and will have encouraged students to consider "best practices" in planning as well as encourage innovative thinking. Studio takes place in the spring of the students' first year, and is thus not a "capstone" project but a way of integrating classroom learning with practical experience early in the students' education.

Fall 2016 Courses

Course Semester Title Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4840 Fall 2016
RIGHTS OF MONUMENTS
David Gissen
655 SCHERMERHORN
9/23 9 AM - 5 PM 9/26 9 AM -11 AM 9/27 6:30 PM - 8 :30 PM 9/28 9 AM -11 AM 9/29 7 PM - 9 PM 9/30 9 AM - 6 PM
SEPT 23-30
1.5 Points
73697
A6708‑1 Fall 2016
Sustainable Retrofits
Michael Adlerstein
408 AVERY HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
96447
A6795‑1 Fall 2016
Law for Preservationists
Will Cook
300 AVERY HALL
M 11 AM -1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
76396
Pla4050‑1 Fall 2016
UP/HP Elective Internship
Elective - OPEN TO HP II & UPII
Full Semester
1.5 Points
11279
Pla4151‑1 Fall 2016
Economics for Planners, Recitation Session I, Recitation Session II, Recitation Session III
Moshe Adler REQUIRED 1ST YEAR
200 S FAY HALL
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
64691
Pla4208‑1 Fall 2016
Planning Methods, Planning Methods Lab I, Planning Methods Lab II, Planning Methods Lab III
Nick Klein REQUIRED 1ST YEAR
114 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
61346
Pla4340‑1 Fall 2016
Sustainable Zoning + Land Use Regulations
Jonathan Martin PHYSICAL
505 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
81348
Pla4387‑1 Fall 2016
Public Private Partnerships, Privitization + The New City Govt
Moshe Adler ECON DEV
505 AVERY HALL
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
63397
Pla4577‑1 Fall 2016
Intro to GIS
Jessie Braden REQUIRED F OR S, CAP 20
200N FAYERWEATHER
M 5 PM - 7 PM, W 6 PM - 8 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
78646
Pla4577‑2 Fall 2016
Intro to GIS
Jeremy White REQUIRED F OR S, CAP 20
200N FAYERWEATHER
TU/TH 7  PM - 9 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
87196
Pla4579‑1 Fall 2016
Intro to Environmental Planning
Peter Marcotullio ENVIRON
408 AVERY HALL
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
92146
Pla6011‑1 Fall 2016
Cities, Buildings & Materiality
Robert Beauregard PHYSICAL
200 BUELL HALL
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
66597
Pla6014‑1 Fall 2016
Public Space in the Private Realm
Ethel Sheffer PHYSICAL
300 AVERY HALL
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
18146
Pla6052‑1 Fall 2016
Planning Law
Andrew Scherer REQUIRED F OR S, CAP 30
115 AVERY HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
76029
Pla6088‑1 Fall 2016
INTRO TO INT'L DEVELOPMENT
Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro INT'L PLAN
201 FAYERWEATHER
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 PTS Points
76287
Pla6216‑1 Fall 2016
NYC Land Use Approvals
Eldad Gothelf PHYSICAL
201 FAY HALL
M 6 PM - 8 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
61297
Pla6232‑1 Fall 2016
Advanced GIS
Nick Klein METHODS, CAP 20
202 FAYERWEATHER
MW 6 PM -8 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
71796
Pla6330‑1 Fall 2016
Site Planning & Support Systems
Graham Trelstad PHYSICAL
WARE LOUNGE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
66246
Pla6434‑1 Fall 2016
Intro to Transportation Planning
Floyd Lapp PHYSICAL
201 FAY HALL
TH 2 PM - 4 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
68447
Pla6526‑1 Fall 2016
Chinese Urbanism in Global Context
Weiping Wu INT'L
200 BUELL NORTH
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
60949
Pla6573‑1 Fall 2016
Community Development Policy
Lance Freeman COMM.
200 BUELL NORTH
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
81446
Pla6605‑1 Fall 2016
Historical Development of Urban Informality
Alejandro de Castro Mazarro INT'L PLAN, CAP 25
412 AVERY HALL
F 9 AM -11 AM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
87047
Pla6607‑1 Fall 2016
Urban Cities: Our New Normal
Marcela Tovar-Restrepo PHYICAL/ INT'L PLAN, CAP 12
201 FAYERWEATHER
TH 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
90796
Pla6907‑1 Fall 2016
ADV STUDIO-IMPROVING GROUND ACCESS TO JFK
Floyd Lapp ADVANCED STUDIO
201 FAYERWEATHER
M 9 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
6 Points
61001
Pla6909‑1 Fall 2016
ADV STUDIO III- JOINT HP/UP STUDIO
Erica Avrami, William Raynolds ADVANCED STUDIO, HP STUDIO - CROSS LISTED WITH UP
300 BUELL NORTH
TU 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
6.0 Points
11046
Pla6918‑1 Fall 2016
Thesis I Workshop
Robert Beauregard REQUIRED 2ND YR
600 AVERY HALL, OTHER ROOMS TBD
W 11 AM -1 PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
84780
Pla6930‑1 Fall 2016
Quantitative Methods
Lance Freeman METHODS, CAP 20
412 AVERY HALL, UP COMP LAB
TH 11AM-1PM, LAB TH 2PM-4PM
Full Semester
3.0 Points
92191