Urban and regional planning students work collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty. Their research, work, and outreach experience ranges from transportation and land use to economic development and housing; physical planning to environmental quality.
Planning faculty seek to shape place-based policy and design for social and racial equity; regionalist solutions to metropolitan problems; just and effective remedies for urban decline; and the creation of human settlements that offer alternatives to environmentally consumptive land-development patterns. In our teaching we strive for a productive balance between theory and practice; between classroom-based and hands-on learning; and between a well-founded core and in-depth specializations. Students and faculty foster ongoing research, teaching, and service interchange with other units in the Taubman College and the University of Michigan; with our region, and the City of Detroit in particular; and worldwide