Urban and Regional Planning

Term: Winter 2021
Class Number: 423
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ URP 423

Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning

This is an Undergraduate Course. This overview course explores urban and environmental planning issues and problems and reviews the ways planners grapple with them. Speakers from within and outside of the University describe the content of the issues and state-of-the-art intervention programs and techniques. Topics covered include the origins and history of urban planning, the legal aspects of planning, planning for sustainable development, metropolitan growth and urban sprawl, urban design, housing and real estate development, transportation planning, environmental planning, planning for open space and historic preservation, brownfield redevelopment, waste management, and third world development.

Note: This course will be taught synchronously. Students will be expected to attend class and discussion sections in real time (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EST). Please note that the discussion sections meet at different times and are not interchangeable. You must register and attend your assigned discussion section. Recordings of class lectures and discussions will be made available on a case by case basis to students enrolled in the course. Permissions to add the course for students on the waitlist will not be determined until after the first class session (January 19, 2021). Priority will be given to students who attend the first class session and/or graduating seniors.



Class instruction mode: Online

Lecture: Tue, Thu 9:00-10:00am
Multiple discussion sections offered.


  • 002: Thu 12:00-1:00pm 
  • 003: Fri 12:00-1:00pm 
  • 004: Fri 12:00-1:00pm