Spatial Planning

All human activity has a physical manifestation and takes place within a territorial context that land use planners or urban designers learn to study, analyze and integrate within plans. The Spatial Planning specialization teaches knowledge and skills for professional entry level planning in land use planning or urban design. Students learn to work across a variety of scales from site-level to region using theory, method and practice. Students also learn to understand and include institutional, legal, and environmental relationships as part of plan making and implementation focusing on the pressing demands for just and sustainable urban development.

Goals for the Spatial Planning Specialization

  • To teach students the theories, policy and practice relevant to spatial planing and land use
  • To ensure that students gain the understanding necessary to include institutional, legal and environmental relationships as part of plan making and implementation
  • To understand the theoretical and conceptual knowledge about urban space drawn from three disciplines: planning, geography, and social science
  • To enable students to describe, analyze, assess and recommend changes for the pysical organization and use of land within regions, cities and neighborhoods
  • To introduce students to three-dimensional space productionf or the built environment, at the site, district and master plan scale

Requirements for the Spatial Planning Specialization

  • UPP 550 Spatial Planning: Theoretical Foundations
  • UPP 557 Spatial Planning: Methods
  • UPP 556 Spatial Planning studio or equivalent studio assigned by department