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.

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.

Spring 2017 Courses

Course Semester Title Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4329‑1 Spring 2017
Belfast Joint Planning/Studio Seminar
Richard Plunz History/Theory - Urban (CAP 8 - by application)
323 M Fayerweather
F 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
93634
A4871‑1 Spring 2017
Curatorial Practices and Place Making
Ou Ning History/Theory - Non-Western
200 Buell Hall
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
81497
A4892‑1 Spring 2017
Data Visualization For Architecture, Urbanism and The Humanities
Juan Saldarriaga All GSAPP Interdisciplinary, GSAS
600 Avery Hall
F 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
22247
PLA6613‑1 Spring 2017
Social Entrepreneurship and the Urban Built Environment
Laura Wolf-Powers, Kairos Shen Comm/Econ
600 Avery Hall
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
63530
Pla4008‑1 Spring 2017
History and Theory of Planning
Hiba Bou Akar Required 1st Yr
114 Avery Hall
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
72597
Pla4010‑1 Spring 2017
Planning for Urban Energy Systems
Peter Marcotullio Built Env
408 Avery Hall
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
73296
Pla4022‑1 Spring 2017
Fundamentals of Urban Digital Design
Alejandro de Castro Mazarro Analytics
201 Fayerweather; 200 Fayerweather North (Lab)
F 9 AM - 10 AM; Lab F 10 AM - 12 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
76398
Pla4035‑1 Spring 2017
Negotiations For Planners
Lee Miller Methods
300 Buell North
W 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Ses A 1/19-3/4
3 Points
77096
Pla4050‑1 Spring 2017
UP/HP Elective Internship
Elective
By Appointment
1.5 Points
88007
Pla4304‑1 Spring 2017
Introduction to Housing
Lance Freeman Comm/Econ
412 Avery Hall
M 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
81096
Pla4320‑1 Spring 2017
Urban Design for Planners
Justin Moore Built Env
201 Fayerweather
Th 11 AM - 1PM
Full Semester
3 Points
82896
Pla4577‑1 Spring 2017
Intro to GIS
Leah Meisterlin Required 1st Yr
200 North Fayerweather
Tu/Th 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
85946
Pla4620‑1
Public Financing Of Urban Development
Richard Froehlich Comm/Econ
300 Buell South
M 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
86646
Pla6052‑1 Spring 2017
Planning Law
Andrew Scherer Required 1st Yr
200 South Fayerweather
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
87498
Pla6065‑1 Spring 2017
Envir Impact Assessment
Graham Trelstad Built Env
200 Buell Hall
F 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
88596
Pla6067‑1 Spring 2017
On Spatial Exclusion and Planning
Hiba Bou Akar Int'L/Built Env
300 Buell North
Th 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
92071
Pla6108‑1 Spring 2017
Land Use Planning
Jonathan Martin Built Env
300 Buell North
F 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
91698
Pla6111‑1 Spring 2017
Digital Restructuring of Urban Space
Leah Meisterlin Analytics
200 Buell North
Tu 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
68248
Pla6113‑1 Spring 2017
Exploring Urban Data with Machine Learning
Kaz Sakamoto Analytics (CAP- 20)
200 North Fayerweather
Tu 7 PM - 9 PM
SES B 3/7-4/22
1.5 Points
13396
Pla6121‑1 Spring 2017
Practicum: Residential Planning in Global Cities
Kate Dunham INT'L/Built Env (CAP 20)
200 Buell Hall
Tu 5 PM - 7 PM
Session A 1/17-3/3
1.5 Points
19700
Pla6217‑1 Spring 2017
Techniques of Project Evaluation
Moshe Adler Comm/Econ
200 Buell Hall
Tu 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
93446
Pla6262‑1 Spring 2017
Complete Streets Seminar
Nick Klein Built Env
201 Fayerweather
Th 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
87096
Pla6700‑1
Re Finance + Development
Stephen Pearlman Comm/Econ
200 Buell Hall
W 9 AM - 11 AM
Full Semester
3 Points
97396
Pla6911‑2 Spring 2017
Belfast, Ireland City Center in Dev Context
Richard Plunz, Nick Klein UP First Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 323 Fayerweather
F 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
82781
Pla6911‑3 Spring 2017
Redevelopment Of Brooklyn Wholesale Market
Eldad Gothelf UP First Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 201 Fayerweather
M 4 PM - 8 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
86029
Pla6911‑4 Spring 2017
Improving Airport Access and Environmental Conditions
Floyd Lapp UP First Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 201 Fayerweather
W 2 PM-6 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
89282
Pla6911‑5 Spring 2017
Designing A New Master Plan For Chinatown
Ethel Sheffer, Douglas Woodward UP First Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 201 Fayerweather
Th 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
82194
Pla6911‑6 Spring 2017
Rio: Design Thinking For Health Urban Environment
Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo UP First Years Only, Via Studio Lottery
200N/ 201 Fayerweather
F 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
6 Points
75508
Pla6919‑1 Spring 2017
Urban Planning Thesis II
Robert Beauregard Required 2nd Yr
By Appointment
Full Semester
3 Points
10847
Pla6926‑1 Spring 2017
Advanced Research II
Weiping Wu Elective
By Appointment
Full Semester
3 Points
11496
Dual and Joint Degree Programs

M.S. in Urban Planning and Master of Architecture

M.S. in Urban Planning and M.S. in Historic Preservation

M.S. in Urban Planning and M.S. in Real Estate Development

M.S. in Urban Planning and Business

M.S. in Urban Planning and International Affairs

M.S. in Urban Planning and Law

M.S. in Urban Planning and Social Work

M.S. in Urban Planning and Public Health