|Topic||Time Devoted to Each Topic||Activity|
|Introduction||1 Week||In-class discussion: Where do I come from? Understanding divergent points of view. Why are cities important? Who are planners? What tools do cities use to control their destiny? How are cities different now than in the past?|
First assignment: Media search about planning issues in the news.
| Pre-professional history of cities and designed landscape ||2 Weeks||In-class discussion: The difference between designed cities and organic cities in a rural world. The Industrial Revolution and its impact on cities. Thos. Jefferson and the American land ethic. Discussion of student media search results.|
First assignment due.
Second assignment: Essay on historical figure in the history of landscape architecture or city planning.
| The emergent era for city planning and landscape architecture as professions ||1 Week||In-class discussion: FL Olmsted and his legacy for planning and landscape architecture. The National Parks. The Industrial Revolution and urbanization. Professionalization of planning. Regionalism, Landscape architecture and city planning diverge, the New Deal, zoning emerges.|
Final semester group project assignment – track and analyze a contemporary land use issue.
| Post-WWII suburbanism, the ‘60’s, environmentalism ||1 week||In-class discussion – Suburbanization, public policy that supports it, Modernism, urban renewal, the legacy of Jane Jacobs and Ian McHarg, Mumford, Lynch and the planning theorists. Discussion of student work on historical figures.|
Second assignment due.
|Land Art to Landscape Urbanism – 1980-2016 ||1 week||In-class discussion – Is it Art? New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism – are these theories of city form? How does public involvement happen in a digital world? How has data changed how planning happens? Current trends in planning.|
Guest lecture: Practical planning in the real world
| The legal foundations of land use planning ||1 week||In-class discussion – The Constitution and the balance between the welfare of the individual and the welfare of the community. Supreme court cases that define the landscape of planning regulation in the US. Takings and regulation – the current planning climate.|
| Tools of City Planning||2 weeks||In-class discussion – Contemporary land use issues, NIMBYism and the role of professionals in governmental organizations. The relationship of the comprehensive plan to regulations. How zoning works. Types of zoning. Resource allocation – capital budgeting.|
|Reflection and conclusions||1 weeks||In-class discussion – How a vision is developed for the future of a city. What is the distinction between the role of the agency professional and the consultant? When are consulting planning services needed? How to develop a proposal. How to evaluate a proposal.|
Guest lecture: Panel discussion on process for regulation of private activity – how this system works and who plays what role?
Third assignment: Prepare a proposal for consulting services.
|The tools of city planning 3– Design guidelines / building codes / historic districts||2 weeks||In-class discussion – How design is managed in contemporary planning. How building codes determine city form. Historic preservation vs. economic development. Special design districts.|
|The tools of city planning 4- Urban design, downtown planning||1 week||Field trip: Downtown Raleigh urban design projects.|
Guest lecture: Raleigh Urban Design Center
Third assignment due.
|The tools of city planning 5- Public participation, hazard mitigation and environmental planning||1 week||In-class discussion - Public involvement, surveys, public meetings, use of social media in democratic processes. Dealing with environmental challenges – storm water, flooding, pollution, decaying infrastructure. Discussion and evaluation of student proposals for design services.|
|Reflection and conclusions ||2 weeks||In-class discussion – The importance of cities – economically, socially, environmentally. The future of an urban planet. Climate change and contemporary urban planning. Prospects for future practice in urban design and city planning.|
Final project group presentations.