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City and Regional Planning Electives

Spring 2019

CRPLAN 2210/E Sustainable Urbanism (3)

Jesus Lara

Globalization is changing cities, economies, social networks, and the environment. Technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and policy making guides the future of sustainable cities.

CRPLAN 2630 Planning for Future Cities (3)

Kimberly Burton

Cities are constantly evolving over time as new forms of technology, governance, and other factors occur. Students will explore Utopian concepts, learn how to help cities develop in a positive way, be familiar with current and emerging technology trends that affect cities, and gain inspiration from the many variations of futuristic cities envisioned in the science fiction genre.

CRPLAN 3500 The Socially Just City (3)

Lauren Edwards

Too many cities are split between the haves and the have-nots. Explore how to reduce poverty, increase access to public services, and create a high quality of life for all residents.

GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity soc div in the US course.

CRPLAN 3600 Land Development Planning (3)

Jonathan Ezell

Planners shape cities. The land development process requires understanding the impacts of new development and redevelopment in order to reimagine more vibrant sites.

CRPLAN 4110 Transportation and Land Use Planning (3)

Amber Woodburn

Communities integrate transportation while promoting economic development and land-use policies to manage growth.  Improve the efficiency of travel and contain infrastructure costs.

Prereq: 2110 (110), 2110H, 2000, or 310.

CRPLAN 4597 The Global Environment in Planning (3)

Don Leonard

A review of challenges in developed and developing countries, examining planning issues associated with economic development, social equity, growth and rural development.

GE cross-disciplinary seminar course.

CRPLAN 4900S Plan Making (6)

Jonathan Ezell


Currently, American Planning Association’s (APA) research team is tracking initiatives from communities around the country including mapping opioid hot spots to better understand where to employ limited resources (including OSU CURA) but have ideas for how to use these maps in a planning process. The APA is also aware of municipalities that are assessing their zoning laws which usually prohibit (or make it difficult) to open non-residential opioid treatment centers which are critical for recovery. It is also aware of trauma-informed approaches to planning and community development that can help curb the effects of the opioid crisis. OSU CRP is home to American Planning Association’s Planning for Underserved Populations Interest Group which includes members from around the U.S. who are working toward curbing the opioid crisis in the communities they serve. 

In this studio, you will work with Sagar Shah, PhD, Manager of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center to create an initial framework for Ohio communities that are affected by Ohio’s opioid crisis using effective community planning tools. The American Planning Association (APA) is the leading national organization for urban planning. APA’s mission is to provide leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing planners with the tools and resources necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. Your ideas for how a targeted community planning process for the opioid crisis can help implement widespread positive change is the goal. Your work may be featured by the Planning and Community Health Center online, in print, in conferences, and, perhaps, in future planning policy. You will also feed knowledge to the Planning for Underserved Populations Interest Group of which Professor Ezell is the administrator. Students who choose this studio will be required to take two Institutional Research Board exams and sign a Conflict of Interest Agreement. Those who wish to start early, please contact the professor at ezell.5@osu.edu.

CRPLAN 4900S Plan Making (6)

Kimberly Burton, Santina Contreras

For the International Development Studio in Spring Semester 2019, students will be working on various projects in Latin America/Caribbean, focusing on the country of Belize and potentially the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Projects will range across many areas of planning, including sustainability, resiliency, public engagement, environment, and community development.

Cross-listed with CRPLAN 6970.

CRPLAN 4900S Plan Making (6)

Bernadette Hanlon

The Neighborhood Planning Studio for Spring 2019 is focused on a community planning process for the Hilltop community in Columbus, OH. The studio is in collaboration with the Neighborhood Design Center, who is directing a neighborhood plan for the Hilltop community. The planning process for the neighborhood is to inform future public, private and nonprofit activities and to empower community residents in shaping the future of the community. The studio will focus on continuing specific planning activities for the community from the Fall 2018 semester. The community planning approach for this studio is an asset based model of community development, this model will be specifically tied to the planning activities for the course.

CRPLAN 4900S Plan Making (6)

Roxyanne Burrus

Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County are part of the international World Health Organization and AARP network of age-friendly cities initiative. In 2016, under the leadership of MORPC, Age-Friendly Columbus identified challenges and concerns within our built, social, and supportive services environments through an intense inclusive-research process. In 2017, a Strategic Plan was written to outline a 3-year improvement implementation period. In early 2018, The Franklin County Commissioners signed on to expand the Columbus efforts to all areas within the County.

Working with a cadre of older adults as our champions, we are preparing to dovetail Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County. This will occur through a county-wide best practices exchange, followed by outreach in each local city or village within Franklin County. In order to ensure equitable and accessible strategies that reflect the needs and preferences of our communities, we must again follow a rigorous inclusive-planning process.

The Spring 2019 studio will provide assistance in moving this project forward by pairing students with Franklin County communities with the following objectives. 1. Run inclusive-planning focus groups, 2. Analyze additional data and best practices, and 3. Provide a report for each community. This will be a unique experience with a marginalized population; there will be involvement by key players in the field to speak and work with students, coordination of the outreach in each community, printing, and translation services. Additionally, with the program now being led by The OSU College of Social Work, an interdisciplinary approach and education will be offered for students. 

CRPLAN 5160 Green Building Methods for Planning (1)

Kimberly Burton

This course focuses on green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to city planning practice. Particular attention is paid to LEED-certification, a program that recognizes building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, make better material choices, have higher property values, and overall have fewer negative impacts on the environment.

CRPLAN 5300 Airport Planning, Design and Development (3)

Amber Woodburn, Seth Young

A comprehensive study of airport planning, design and development, the role of the airport and its components as part of the overall air transportation system, the issues related to the planning, design, and development of the airport and its system.

Prereq: Aviatn 3000. Cross-listed in Aviatn and CivilEn.

CRPLAN 5400 Planning for Housing (3)

Bernadette Hanlon

Housing - including its uses, meaning, design, and role. The creation of a range of housing to support growth and revitalization of cities and regions.

Cross-listed in PubAfrs.

CRPLAN 5670 Creative Place Marketing (1) [session 2]

Elizabeth Pandora

This course introduces the idea of creative placemaking and creative place marketing, explores issues in place marketing and introduces students to key considerations for developing place marketing plans, cultural tourism strategies, and other initiatives that improve the quality and economics of place through arts and culture. Emotional aspects of place and social justice issues are also covered.

CRPLAN 5798 Planning Study Abroad: Moving (And Eating) Around Taiwan: A Bus, Subway and High Speed Rail Systems Planning Workshop (3)

Jonathan Ezell

Rapid globalization of cities creates new opportunities to explore, investigate and analyze urban development internationally. READ MORE

CRPLAN 5880 Interdepartmental Seminar: Food as the Foundation for Sustainable Settlements (3)

Kareem Usher

The topics of Urban Food Security and Food Justice are now well established in planning discourse. With this perspective, the course incorporates case studies and experiences from around the world to extend our view beyond the local and ethnocentric trappings.  In doing so, the course is inviting to students in International Affairs as well as Policy, Political Science and City and Regional Planning.

We begin with an understanding of the globalised food system and parse out major developments that have led us to the present.  Although some extol the benefits of this approach to food production and distribution, empirically we find the effects are deleterious to both the natural environment and societies around the world.  In the United States and other Western countries, the globalised food system has meant that many communities go under-served due to a lack of access to affordable, culturally appropriate and adequate food.  Simultaneously, they display an excess of less-wholesome food options.  The consequences have been damaging effects on community health, quality of life and the natural environment.  Elements of socio-economic class and ethnicity are considered in the broader concept of local food systems as a social justice issue.

Food systems planning exists at the nexus of and is complimentary to other more established planning topics such as land-use planning, community and neighbourhood planning, economic development planning and equity, social justice and collaborative governance, among others.  Students will be asked to think broadly and harness ideas and concepts from among planning main-stays in order to fully appreciate the course.

Course meetings will follow a seminar format where students will be responsible to facilitate class meetings which includes developing learning activities and leading class discussions.

CRPLAN 5890 Workshop in City and Regional Planning: Regional Economic Development (3)

Yasuyuki Motoyama

This course will introduce students to both theories and policies of regional economic development. We will cover commonly-used practices including industry recruitment, cluster development, small business development, university-anchored innovation, and workforce development. We will also go through a series of case regional studies to understand locally-specific assets and conditions that shape and hinder strategies and policies.

CRPLAN 5960 Design Competition: ULI Hines Competition (2) [session 1]

Matthew Leasure

The purpose of this course is to create an urban design concept for the ULI Hines Competition.  This national graduate-level competition consists of an intensive two-week process to research, design, and determine the economic feasibility of an urban development plan.  Five finalists are selected nationally to participate in the final competition round and the winning team receives a $50,000 cash prize.  Students will be assigned professional mentors from the design, development, and financial sectors and will participate in numerous one-on-one and group learning sessions with these mentors.

CRPLAN 5997  Planning in the Developing World (3)

Don Leonard

What changes when we take our plans to the developing world? This course will lead you from Brazil to Nigeria to India to find out - with lots of stops in between. It combines historical and global perspectives on international development theory with real-world case studies that will force you to consider difficult tradeoffs and make tough choices.

CRPLAN 6080 Advanced GIS for Professional Planning Practice (4)

Zhenhua Chen

The course examines the major techniques of advanced GIS in city and regional planning, with emphasis on spatial modeling and quantitative analysis. The course begins with a brief review of GIS and the fundamentals of spatial analysis, and then moves on to the major GIS analytical techniques used in planning related research and practice. The course covers ten topics, including network analysis, roads and highways, community analysts, business analysts, geoplanner, spatial econometrics, visualization for urban planning analysis, land use modeling, 3D modeling, and image classification. The course stresses spatial GIS applications in city and regional planning, and interpretations over spatial foundations, and in particular it emphasizes the application of spatial analysis tools to solve real-world planning problems using various software platforms, including ArcGIS, ERSI online portals, CommunityViz, Geoda, LanduseSim and CityEngine.

Prereq: 5001 and Grad standing, or permission of the instructor.

CRPLAN 6200 Graphic Visualization (4)

Justin Goodwin, Juliana Sarmento da Silveira

Fundamental skills in graphics and graphic technology commonly used in planning, including on-line, print, document, poster, and video layout and design.

CRPLAN 6420 Infrastructure Planning (3) [online]

Wayne Carlson

Infrastructure development plans address the planning, budgeting and programming challenges of making cities run.

CRPLAN 6950 Transportation Studio (6)

Chad Gibson

Columbus Recreation and Parks’ five year plan, in tandem with close partners of Central Ohio Greenways (COG), looks to build 17 trail projects within the established and flourishing Green Belts network. This studio would directly assess and facilitate six new 'community loops' based on the Greenways plan. Students will work directly with multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders to realize this expanded amenity. Outreach, fieldwork, presentations to the clients, public meetings and research will all be core components of this experience.

CRPLAN 6970 International Development Studio (6)

Kimberly Burton, Santina Contreras

For the International Development Studio in Spring Semester 2019, students will be working on various projects in Latin America/Caribbean, focusing on the country of Belize and potentially the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Projects will range across many areas of planning, including sustainability, resiliency, public engagement, environment, and community development.

Cross-listed with CRPLAN 4900S.

CRPLAN 7300 Planning Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish (3)

Gulsah Akar

Covers the full dissertation/thesis process: topic selection, refinement, proposal development, literature review, methods, data collection/analysis, presenting and publishing, getting a job, life on the job.

Enrollment in this course is restricted to PhD students and Master?s students who have support of a potential advisor.

CRPLAN 7500 Resolving Social Conflict (3)

Mattijs Van Maasakkers

Multidisciplinary examination of social conflict, its dynamics and negotiated and consensual resolution; offers broad-based framework for diagnosing and managing conflict; applied to legal, environmental, organizational, and geopolitical conflicts.

CRPLAN 7509 Disasters: Preparedness and Response (3)

Santina Contreras

Introduction to planning, policy, and management issues that arise when disaster strikes, and the roles of government, non-profits, communities, and individuals in emergency preparedness by examining a variety of recent natural and human-made disasters, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Cross-listed in PubAfrs.

CRPLAN 7531 Economic Development Policy (3)

Edward Hill

Takes a practical approach to the legal, policy, and business issues related to urban redevelopment. Students gain a legal perspective as they investigate business and public policy issues surrounding redevelopment in our urban core.

Cross-listed in PubAfrs.