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This interdisciplinary, experiential workshop introduces students to the field of planning through hands-on community projects. Environmental Planning includes a range of disciplines pertaining to the natural and built landscape such as city planning, housing, transportation, energy, open space and recreation, municipal services, ecological design, landscape architecture, neighborhood design, and community development, to list a few. This year, the foci will be issues currently at the forefront of the field: planning for public health and pandemics, racist planning legacies and anti-racist approaches, poverty and affordable housing, climate resilience planning, alternative transportation and transit, and agriculture and food systems. The class is organized into two parts. Part 1 involves reading and discussion of the planning literature: history, theory, policy, ethics, legal framework, and case studies. Labs include GIS mapping, hands-on planning exercises and project development. Part 2 involves project work: tackling an current planning problem in your home community. The includes primary research, conducting interviews with policymakers, stakeholders and residents, site visits, attending meetings, and other activities as demanded by the particular project. The project work draws on students’ academic training and extracurricular activities, and applies creative solutions to thorny problems. Labs will be small group work and project work. The course includes several class presentations; students will gain skills in interacting with public officials, interviewing, preparing presentations, public speaking, report-writing, and teamwork. The class culminates in a public presentation.
Format: seminar/laboratory; Classes will be remote; some lab sessions will be in-person (held outside) for those on campus and others will be remote; there will be some in-person small group meetings held outside for those on campus. Scheduled class time and lab times will include small group discussion and collaborative group work and individual project work.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Response papers (about four 1-page papers), planning exercises, class discussion, reports submitted in segments (total about 30 pp), collaborative small group work, class presentations frequently during semester, final class presentations over zoom.
ENVI 101; open to seniors only
Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Core Courses
EVST Core Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses