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Current Course Offerings

Each semester, the city and regional planning section offers seminars, option studios and other special offerings and elective courses which focus on topics that complement the core MCRP curriculum. These courses may also serve students from other sections of the Knowlton School or across the university. New topics are always in development in order to afford students the opportunity to pursue elective courses whose content is both timely and of particular interest to them.

To see the program's full course catalog, click the curriculum link above. To see the full list of courses offered by the section for a particular term, visit the schedule of classes on BuckeyeLink.

Spring 2017

CRPLAN 5100: Advanced Site Design (Session 1)


As the design of planned site becomes more complex, the use of computer aided technologies has risen to aid planners in creating more effective site designs.  This workshop will be using Civil 3D and AutoCAD as the foundation software to integrate higher detailed site data and design.

1 credit hour

CRPLAN 5100: Data in Motion (Session 2)


Simple infographics have permeated the world?s culture. They are used in presentations and many different types of media to help people understand complex data. While the majority of these graphics are static images, the data can be difficult to understand or even display in such a format.  With the use of Adobe Flash and After Effect, Students will create motion/animated graphics of data to solve more complex data visualization.

1 credit hour

CRPLAN 5890: Financing Sustainability

Sustainability has become a common buzzword and central focus of the planning profession over the past decade. More than ever, cities are focused on supporting planning efforts that encourage long-term growth that is measured and thoughtful in strengthening the economy and the environment while support equitable solutions to community challenges. Nevertheless, communities continue to struggle with solutions that address the costs associated with sustainability, ultimately resulting in limited or constrained outcomes. This course examines sustainability through perhaps the most important lens, financing. The primary focus is two important elements of green infrastructure - food systems and clean energy. While distinctly different sectors, this infrastructure is very difficult to finance conventionally and requires unique approaches and planning solutions. Students explore the systems and industry behind food and energy and develop comprehensive roadmaps that communities can use to build robust and financially supported sustainability systems for food and energy.

3 credit hours

CRPLAN 5960: HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing: Student Design and Planning Competition 2017


Transforming our Communities

The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.

Making it Actionable

The IAH (Innovations in Affordable Housing) competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).

Teams must self-form and self-register on the 2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition website.  Registration opens 10/3/2016  and closed 12/12/2016.  Competition runs from 12/13/2016 through 2/6/2017.  

Questions?  Contact Prof. Bernadette Hanlon

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

2 credit hours

CRPLAN 5960: ULI Hines Student Competition

Instructor: Matthew Leasure

This course focuses on the design, production, and submittal of an urban design concept for the ULI Hines Student Competition.  This national graduate-level competition includes an intensive two-week process to research, design, and determine the economic feasibility of an urban development concept 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.  

All students participating in the course must be a member of a team and participate in the competition; teams must be submitted between 10/10/2016 and 12/5/2016.  To get on a team, please contact Jana Hrdinova for more information.

The competition period is from January 9-23, with some responsibilities before and after this period.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

2 credit hours 

CRPLAN 6890: Measuring Resilience to Disasters for Planning


Human society are facing ongoing challenges due to increasing uncertainties of various threats such as terrorist attacks, natural hazards and technological system failures. Protecting our community by enhancing resilience to absorb and recover from potential adverse events requires not only the knowledge of system design, operation and management, but, more importantly, it requires an effective assessment of resilience so that an efficient planning and decision-making can be made in terms of resource allocation and emergency response. 

This course is introduced for two purposes: First, students will understand the resilience (concepts, elements, theory and applications) to disasters for urban and regional planning. Second, students will enhance their quantitative analytical skills in resilience assessment through the learnings of various research methods, such as resilience indicators, cost-benefit analysis, econometric analysis and simulation analysis. The class will be taught in a workshop format with focuses on discussions and applications. Students will enhance their analytical skills in measuring resilience through course assignments and term project.

3 credit hours