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Expanded Horizons

Expanded Horizons is an intensive on-site field study conducted each fall by graduate students in urban planning at the University of Michigan.

A city or urban region is selected, and planning students travel there for an extended weekend to meet with various city and regional planning professionals as well as neighborhood associations, urban designers, and architects. In addition, students tour major urban development sites and programs.

Since its inception in 1989, Expanded Horizons has traveled to a number of cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. Expanded Horizons is a wonderful opportunity to explore the different fields of planning, see planning in action, discover a new city, and bond with your fellow classmates.

2017 - Cleveland

The members of the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) are going to take a group of M.U.R.P. students on a trip to experience first hand professionals in many fields in all arenas of the industry. Public sector planning is arguably the largest sphere of work where new planners find themselves employed. Followed by the private planning sector, and a smaller group find themselves employed, and for good reason, in the non-profit sector. These are the three main planning arenas that new professionals find a place at after graduation. UPSA has lined up a great set of site visits that smaller groups the group will get to see. Everyone gets to choose three different site visits, one from each time-block list. For many of the participants, it will be their first visit to Cleveland and will be one of their first chances to see planning in action.

Past Trips:

2016 - Milwaukee

Expanded Horizons 2016 - Milwaukee

2015 - Pittsburgh

 Expanded Horizons field trip to Pittsburgh blog.

Expanded Horizons 2015

Expanded Horizons 2015 from Prashanth C R on Vimeo.

2014 - Chicago

Insights @ Taubman College: Expanded Horizons from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Read more about the 2014 trip.