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MCRP Focus Areas



The MCRP curriculum is structured in a way that allows students to develop an area of focus or to pursue various interests through their elective options. As focus areas are not formal or required in the MCRP curriculum, students may choose their elective courses based on discussions with their faculty advisor and a review of courses within the section and across the university. 

International Development: Global Context, Perspectives & Practices

The International Development concentration focuses on global perspectives and practices in countries and cultures around the world. Powerful global forces like trade, migration, governance, and technological change create opportunities as well as challenges for communities and regions around the world. When coupled with rapid changes in global climate, it becomes clear that planning for disruptive global change is more important now than ever. Furthermore, the interconnectedness between human societies brought about by globalization makes understanding the international context an increasingly urgent objective for professional planners.  This planning concentration includes lectures, studios, and study abroad opportunities related to all aspects of planning - urban design and economic development, transportation and infrastructure, food systems and public health, and land use and housing.  Unifying themes in this concentration include sustainability, resiliency, and context sensitivity. Students will not only gain an understanding of international planning, design and social aspects, but also they will learn how to analyze and apply best practices to communities in the U.S.

Faculty: Kim Burton, Santina Contreras, Kyle Ezell, Jesus J. Lara, Don Leonard, Kareem Usher

CAPLAN 5798 Planning Study Abroad (Sustainable Urban Planning Practices)

CRPLAN 5798 Planning Study Abroad (Eating and Moving Around Taiwan)

CRPLAN 5798 Planning Study Abroad (Belize International Development Planning Program)

CRPLAN 6010 Innovation in City and Regional Planning

CRPLAN 6970 International Development Studio

CRPLAN 7110 Development Theory: Planning in the Developing World

CRPLAN 7531 Economic Development Planning

Transportation: Smart Cities, Travel Behavior, Aviation

As new transportation technologies emerge in the 21st century, there is potential for significant changes in mode choice, travel behavior, goods movement, land use patterns, and infrastructure. In this changing technology environment, city planners must be able to anticipate, communicate, and reconcile the impacts of dynamic transportation systems in order to plan for all types of people, freight, and modal options. The transportation concentration develops core proficiencies in transportation planning and policy topics (eg. access, mobility, forecasting, energy) and explores practical applications via studio projects. Students learn how transportation systems interact with land use policy and further consider how that interaction affects the regional economy, the natural environment, and social inclusion. Students also have the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework and research in smart city transportation systems, travel behavior, and aviation planning.  

Faculty: Gulsah Akar, Kimberly Burton, Zhenhua Chen, Amber Woodburn

CRPLAN 5300 Airport Planning, Design and Development

CRPLAN 5500 Energy Planning

CRPLAN 5001 Geographic Information System

CRPLAN/CEGE 5700 Urban Transportation Demand Forecasting

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in Transportation Data Analytics

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in Data Analysis for Infrastructure

CRPLAN 6950 Transportation Studio

CRPLAN 6080 Advanced GIS for Professional Planning Practice

Urban and Regional Analytics

Planners and officials must make decisions about complex systems, the provision of goods and services, the movement of people, our natural resources and the resiliency of our cities and settlements. In a recent report, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) described the growing challenges cities face from the phenomena of increased urbanisation and climate change (World Cities Report, 2016). According to this report, approximately 54% (4 billion people) of the world’s population reside in urban areas, and this concentration in urban areas is expected to increase to 66% by 2050.  As human settlement redistributes into more diverse and densely populated urban regions, planners must be prepared to assess increasingly complex social and global networks. This concentration will provide students with opportunities to cultivate spatial thinking and enhance their quantitative skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, big data analytics, urban and regional development and land-use modeling.

Faculty: Gulsah Akar, Kimberly Burton, Zhenhua Chen, Amber Woodburn

CRPLAN 5500 Energy Planning

CRPLAN 5001 Geographic Information System

CRPLAN/CEGE 5700 Urban Transportation Demand Forecasting

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in Transportation Data Analytics

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in Data Analysis for Infrastructure

CRPLAN 6425 Measuring Resiliency to Disaster

CRPLAN 6080 Advanced GIS for Professional Planning Practice

Sustainability: Planning, Decision-making and Urban Design

How can cities and regions become (more) sustainable? Faculty in City and Regional Planning address this question by investigating the processes, designs and plans that shape cities and regions around the world. We seek to understand and improve the ways communities and societies make decisions about and design interactions between scarce resources, social differences and natural environments. Some specific areas of research and teaching include:  sustainable urban design and the creation of places that support human interaction; economic exchange and well-being; the measurement of sustainability; the relationship between placemaking, sustainability and resilience; the resolution of social and environmental disputes; and the evaluation of city and regional plans in terms of their inclusion of sustainability principles and approaches. In all of these domains, City and Regional Planning faculty work together with students to develop innovative strategies to research, implement and evaluate processes, designs and plans that intend to enhance sustainability or its components. This frequently involves extensive engagement with individuals, groups and communities outside of the academy, from around the world.

Faculty: Kim Burton, Santina Contreras, Maria Conroy, Kyle Ezell, Jesus J. Lara, and Tijs Van Maasakkers

CRPLAN 5500 Energy Planning

CRPLAN 5550 Financing Sustainability

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in CRP (Integrated Planning Workshop/ULI Prep)

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in CRP (Financing Sustainability)

CRPLAN 5960 Design Competition (2ULI)

CRPLAN 6150 Environmental Planning and Policy for a Sustainable Future

CRPLAN 6310 Law II: Environment and Society

CRPLAN 6411 Sustainability, Measurement and Power

CRPLAN 6430 Outlines of Urban Design

CRPLAN 6910 Comprehensive Planning Studio

CRPLAN 6920 Urban Design/Physical Planning Studio

CRPLAN 6960 Sustainability Studio

CRPLAN 7500 Resolving Social Conflict

Regional Equity: Housing, Neighborhoods and Community

Healthy, vibrant neighborhoods are the foundation of sustainable and equitable cities or regions. Housing, food access, freedom from health risk and crime, robust social capital and infrastructure are the building blocks to strong neighborhoods. City and Regional Planning faculty provide expertise in various aspects of neighborhood development practice, including housing and real estate development, community health planning, food system or food security planning, community building and culturally competent engagement. The City and Regional Planning program also focuses on the pressing challenges facing 21st century regions, cities and neighborhoods. How do we revitalize communities without displacement or gentrification? How do we effectively address vacant property or neighborhood blight? How do we plan to assure social and racial equity and fair housing for marginalized communities? How do we plan for changing regional development patterns and neighborhood change in aging suburbs? The City and Regional Planning faculty work directly with students to engage these challenges in efforts to support healthy, just and sustainable cities. 

Faculty: Kim Burton, Kyle Ezell, Rachel Kleit, Bernadette Hanlon, Jesus J. Lara, Jason Reece, Kareem Usher

CRPLAN 5200 Metropolitan Planning

CRPLAN 5400 Planning for Housing

CRPLAN 5880 Interdepartmental Seminar (Columbus Housing Dialogue)

CRPLAN 5900 Food System Planning and the Economy

CRPLAN 6460 Real Estate Finance for Planners

CRPLAN 6930 Neighborhood Planning Studio

CRPLAN 6920 Urban Design Studio

CRPLAN 6930 Sustainability Studio

CRPLAN 6910 Comprehensive Planning Studio