Planning with Minority Communities

 Lecture, three hours. Discussions on planning theory, and issues that affect low-income communities and underserved neighborhoods. Field of planning offers distinct perspectives and opportunities for improving vulnerable communities. Topics range from discussion of intersection between race and socio-economic status, residential segregation, and environmental justice to social justice.  


Planning Issues in Newcomers: Preserving and Strengthening Community Assets
 Lecture, four hours. How newcomers interact with existing communities? What policies assist new communities to assist in economic development, role of assets in community development, and unique synergies and pitfalls that enable or disable new communities from developing to their potential. How to strengthen and how to preserve community resources. Research entails historical analysis, reviews, interviews, community asset mapping, focus group based report.


Creative Placemaking

Lecture, three hours. Creative placemaking—a term and field of practice promoted by the National Endowment for the Arts and has become a critical tool in regeneration of neighborhoods. The course will cover Placemaking theories and methodologies. The course will cover best practices of Placemaking that were executed well—with and for communities—they will learn about the initiatives that have a catalytic impact on the health, environment, and local economic development of neighborhoods and cities The students will have several field trips to different places in the campus and in the city to conduct placemaking audit.s The participants will then learn about and explore popular forms of placemaking such as, interactive public art, cultural events and programming, pop-up and pilot interventions, asset mapping, cultural planning, and other innovative ways, to create vibrant public places.


Research Methods for Urban Design and Planning

Lecture 3 Hours. This course aims to have students develop an understanding in behavioral research and evaluation as applied to urban planning and studying the relationship between people and their socio-physical surroundings. Students will learn about issues in research design, validity, reliability, data gathering techniques, analysis, study evaluation, and report writing. The final project requires application of research methods to a specific urban planning problem defined by a local, community-based organization (CBO).

Social Justice in Urban Planning 

Lecture three hours. The planning discipline has a tradition of progressive engagement within communities. Planners are required to examine issues of social justice and equity in the planning process. In this course the student will be to gain a familiarity with the ideologies, the policies, the populations, and the socio-political and economic pressures that shape urban communities.  The course will examine an array of issues impacting urban communities. The students will begin to construct a social justice framework within which they can assess and evaluate complex urban problems. Secondly, this course will provide students with a historical and conceptual understanding of the political economy of race and class in urban America and learn to address these issues as future practitioners and/or professionals.

Planning for Sustainable Transportation

Lecture, 3 hours. Sustainable transportation encompasses a range of measures, methods, and practices for facilitating mobility within our cities and landscapes while minimizing economic, social, and environmental impacts. The purpose of the course is to explore concepts of sustainability mobility by gender in cities, to learn techniques, best practices in sustainability, and methods for planning and implementing interventions that improve the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of communities.



Students in my USP 170 Sustainable Planning class.