What are the impacts of participatory planning on community development and community building? As local communities became increasingly vulnerable in a global political economy, there was an upsurge of policies and discourse on community building and participatory planning. This course examines the outcomes of participatory planning programs on community development. We will start by problematizing our assumptions about community and our working definitions of community development. Planners worldwide face the challenges of implementing community development in the context of rampant socio-economic and environmental inequalities. This course will evaluate participatory planning interventionsï¿½ effectiveness in promoting community building, social justice, and sustainable development. We will employ case studies from a variety of countries to assess participatory planning practices in areas such as housing, local economic development, and public resources allocation. To explore the relationship between participatory planning and community development, we will use scenario analysis to probe the role of participatory planning paradigms in promoting social justice and the organizational capacity of communities. As a group, we will inventory the methods and techniques of participatory planning and design; that inventory will allow us to reflect upon the standards for participatory planning and community development.
Mon, Wed 3:30-5:00pm 2227 A&AB