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Urban Transportation

This elective course provides an introduction to the field of transportation planning. We will learn about the history of the transportation planning field, travel modes and patterns that comprise our transportation system, and how a transportation plan is created.

Introduction to Land Use Planning

Land use planning touches upon all the core areas of sustainable planning practice, from community development, environmental planning, and economic development, to transportation/mobility and climate change. The course introduces the process of land use planning and shows how the plan document is prepared. It also discussed the criteria for determining good plans and provides an overview of the tools used for implementing sustainable solutions. We draw from recent experiences with neo-traditional planning, smart growth, climate sensitive design, and smart city debates.

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

This course provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions.  The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas or urban planning are addressed. Tensions among economic, environmental, and equity results of public policies and private developments are examined.  Tools for involving stakeholders in planning decisions are surveyed.

Race, Space, and Architecture in the United States

This course is interdisciplinary by nature, referencing the projects and methodologies of architects and architectural historians, as well as archaeologists, artists, designers, environmentalists, ethnographers, photographers, urbanists, sociologists, technicians, and writers. Although we will cover topics and themes across the U.S., our focus will decidedly be on the American South and we will leverage our location in Atlanta.

Chamber Choir

The course will offer interactive participation with choirs from other countries and cultures.

 

Policy, Trends, and Ethics in Real Estate Development

The course will focus on the application of market, community, and regulatory factors into successful housing design and construction. The class will explore decisions that will occur day to day associated with the pendulum swing from profitability to safety and sustainability. 

The course is partnered with  local nonprofits to provide opportunities for experiential learning. Partnerships will show how thoughtful development can produce meaningful community results, a sustainable product, and increased profitability.

Land Conservation

The goal of the Land Conservation course is to help students develop a broad understanding of the issues pertaining to the conservation of forests, wildlife habitats, wetlands, river corridors, scenic vistas, farmland, cultural landscapes, battlefields, greenways, recreational spaces, and public parks. In the course, we will review the literature on the subject as well as hear from practitioners in the field.

Equity, Justice, and Economic Development

The course is focused on the topic of social and spatial justice and equity planning. The course explores the inequalities in our planning theory and practice. The course highlights and engages in the key debates in the realm of planning and urban policy. We collectively study the problems of equity and justice in various substantive topics including education, job training, housing and criminal justice system. It encourages thinking of approaches to difficult issues.

The Building Blocks of ABCD - SHORT COURSE

This short course focuses on the origins, successes, and uses of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

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