Planning, Development and Preservation

Housing / Community Development / Urban Design


This specialization brings together three different aspects of community planning, all of which are necessary in order to create high-quality, sustainable, and equitable urban form.  Planners focusing on this area need to understand both the socioeconomic and the physical design aspects of community planning.

Housing and Community Development

HousingThe Housing and Community Development component of this specialization deals with the processes affecting land development as it is undertaking by the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  Areas of emphasis include land development, housing and community development, economic development, and real estate development processes and partnerships, including public-private partnerships. Our program encourages quality development by instilling respect for environmental sustainability, social consciousness, design excellence, and financial feasibility. The courses address different facets of creating the built environment, including the political, economic, physical, legal, and sociological parameters. Graduates have employment opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors including  planning agencies, redevelopment or economic development authorities, community development agencies, neighborhood organizations, historic preservation entities, non-profit development corporations, developers, market analysts and financial institutions.

Foundational Courses:
CRP 873 Economic Development Planning
CRP 872 Housing Issues in the United States
CRP 889 Community Development

Elective course options:
CRP 833 Techniques for Analyzing Development Impacts
CRP 889 Selected Topics in Planning
CRP 890 Directed Studies in City and Regional Planning
RED 800 Real Estate Development Process
RED 801 Real Estate Market Analysis
RED 803 Public-Private Partnership Development
APEC 603 Land Economics
APEC 611 Regional Impact Analysis
APEC 612 Regional Economic Development Theory and Policy
APEC 613 Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
APEC 832 Community and Regional Economics
SOC 659 The Community
SOC 660 Race, Ethnicity, and Class
SOC 671 Demography

Urban Design

urban designThe Urban Design component of this specialization allows students to develop a more sophisticated knowledge of the theory and practice of arranging buildings, streets, civic spaces, parks, and other elements of the built environment to create beautiful, functional, and sustainable communities.  While urban design draws upon theory, history, and techniques from architecture and landscape architecture, students who choose to pursue this specialization are not required to have a design background.  The emphasis is on the role of urban design within city and regional planning, which involves the creation and administration of design regulations as well as the review of development projects that are submitted to local government.  There is no expectation that planning students will master the full range of graphic techniques that architecture and landscape architecture students take 3-5 years to learn.  However, students are encouraged to develop their graphics skills as far as possible. The complex interactions between built form and human activities are emphasized, along with strategies for improving the ecological performance of urban landscapes.  Research in this area builds upon existing work in environment-behavior studies, urban morphology, architecture, urban history, place making, New Urbanism, and urban ecology.

Foundational Course:
CRP 822 Urban Design

Elective course options:
LARCH 801 Landscape Architecture Orientation I
LARCH 802 Landscape Architecture Orientation II
LARCH 823 Advanced Community Design Studio
CRP 889 Selected Topics in Planning
CRP 890 Directed Studies in City and Regional Planning