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Registration: Master of Urban Planning Capstone Courses

January 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

TENTATIVE Capstone Courses for the Winter 2012 Term:

UP 631 – Arquero de Alarcon / Fontaine
M/Th during college studio times (1 – 6 pm, meeting at different levels if intensity over the course of the term): “Everybody Ages” design competition sponsored by the National Singapore University to design a 1 sq km site to house 100,000 people living and working in Korea (tentatively). This capstone will be taught collaboratively with an Architecture Comprehensive Design Studio (something like the capstone requirement for the MArch degree). The prerequisite for this studio will be the foundational and techniques coursework required for the physical planning concentration. This studio, which constitutes the preliminary phase of the competition, will not be traveling abroad. If the studio is selected to proceed for the competition, a subset of students may be invited to continue working into the summer – details to come.

UP 634 – Dewar / Levy
T/Th 1:30 – 3 pm: Parks and greenway systems planning in Detroit.

UP 634 – Levine / Dueweke
T/Th 3 – 4:30 pm: Transportation plan to enhance bus systems on Washtenaw Ave.

UP 634 – Dewar / Dueweke
T/Th 4:30 – 6 pm: Blight reduction manual for six Detroit neighborhoods.

UP 634 – Shatkin / Maheshwari
T/Th 4:30 – 6 pm: Hazard mitigation planning, focusing on slum community vulnerability to flooding, in Manila (Philippines). This capstone will probably involve travel to Manila during the winter break.

NOTE: The time sessions noted for UP 634 above are for in-class meeting times only (totaling 3 hours per week). Other portions of the full meeting times (to be determined once the final enrollments are set) will be used for field work and out-of-class meetings. Please keep your afternoons open until the final capstone assignments are made and final, full session times are determined.

Process for Enrolling:
Students intending to enroll for a capstone during the Winter 2012 term must attend the initial meeting for capstones on Thursday January 5th at 1:30 p.m. Students who do not attend this meeting will not be allowed to enroll for a capstone. At that meeting, the instructors will give brief overviews of the final capstone projects. (NOTE: The list above is tentative and subject to change, but we are not anticipating any changes at this point.) Students will then be asked to provide their preferences for capstone assignments and additional information (e.g., concentration, prior coursework). Students will then be assigned into a capstone. We assign students rather than allowing direct enrollment to ensure a roughly equal balance in numbers and skills across the several capstones. We will do our very best to place each student into the capstone of his/her first or at worst second choice – and we have succeeded in doing so in the past – but we cannot make that guarantee. Please see me if you have any questions regarding this process.


January 5, 2012
1:30 pm