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Terminal Projects and Theses

Thesis WorkThe student's MCRP program culminates during the second year with the Thesis/Terminal Project course sequence. Each student selects a particular issue of study with active participation of a faculty committee selected by the student. Students interested in research may complete a thesis, while others more interested in planning practice complete a professional quality project. In either case, each student works with the committee in a two-semester sequence in the second year that leads to a completed proposal (Introduction, Literature Review and Methodology) at the end of the first semester in CRP 858, and the completed thesis or terminal project (research findings, conclusions, recommendations, and areas for future research) by the end of the second semester in either CRP 859 or 891. Virtually all students complete their degrees within two years.

Faculty and students both enjoy the diversity of research topics including the opportunity to publish research and present findings at conferences.

You can click here to find PDF versions of student TP submissions through the Gunnin Architecture Library website.

Recent Terminal Project and Thesis Titles

  • Planning for Retail Markets in the Twenty-first Century: An English and American Comparison (The only U.S. student winner of Great Britain 's Royal Town Institute of Planning's George Pepler International Award with travel stipend)
  • Rediscovering Its History: Urban Design Strategies for Arresting Decline in Miami Springs
  • An Analysis of Tax Increment Financing in the Southeastern United States
  • Storm Water Runoff: Best Management Practices for Protection and Enhancement of Water Quality in Urban Areas.
  • An Analysis of Transportation Corridor Preservation Techniques for Greenville County, SC
  • Analysis of Riparian Vegetative Buffer Implementation Techniques
  • Smart Growth for Everyone: Integrating Low and Moderate-Income Households into New Urbanist Design
  • An Assessment of Infrastructure Costs in the Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester County Region Based on Predicted Growth Patterns
  • Sustainable Development: Implementation Options at the Local Level
  • A Vacant Land Inventory, Analysis and Computerized Locator System for Anderson, SC
  • Re-Establishing Beale Street, Memphis, TN
  • A Proposed Tourism Planning Process for Heritage Communities
  • A Housing Typology Analysis for the City of Greenville, SC
  • Skyways in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • An Analysis of the Marketability, Suitability and the Feasibility of Upper Level Housing in Downtown Columbia, SC
  • Factors Influencing the Development of New Major League Baseball Stadiums
  • An Assessment of Erosion Control Options Along the South Carolina Coast
  • Will Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Communities Prove to be the Answer for Urban Redevelopment?
  • Using GIS Spatial Modeling to Identify Optimal Path Locations for Greenway Corridors
  • An Analysis of Residential Segregation Due to Mortgage Lending
  • Analyzing Local Visual Resource Planning Policy: Designing a GIS Tool to Model the Effect of Setback and Parking Requirements on Urban Form
  • Business Improvement Districts: A Method of Financing Downtown Revitalization Projects and Programs
  • Using GIS Modeling for Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths
  • Visualizing the Spatial Impact of Zoning in 3 Dimensions
  • Historic Inventory and Preservation for Downtown Blacksburg, SC
  • An Analysis of Affordable Housing Programs: A Look at the Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Adaptive Reuse: Loft Housing in Atlanta, GA