Urban and Regional Planning

Term: Fall 2024
Section: 1
Class Number: 22036
Credits: 3
Required: Yes
Elective: No
Course Brief

/ URP 500

Planning Theory and History

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theories and history that form the basis of urban planning. Focusing on essential concepts, it aims to deepen students’ understanding of past urban planning approaches and the motivations behind them. This foundational knowledge sets the stage for students to think creatively about addressing emerging challenges. Throughout the course, we explore examples and case studies from diverse social perspectives, as well as from urban areas around the world, adding a practical dimension to theoretical discussions. By incorporating real-world examples into class conversations, we not only bring theory to life but also empower students to critically assess established planning theories in the context of actual urban planning challenges. The content covers both historical foundations and classical theoretical paradigms, delving into the crucial roles of planning practitioners, the practical application of planning theory, and the effectiveness of planning paradigms in addressing issues such as environmental sustainability, economic globalization, and social inequality.


Mon, Wed 10:00-11:30am 1360 A&AB


Kimberley Kinder Julie Steiff