Course description
This class is the foundation course designed to introduce second year Community Development and Urban Planning students to the field of urban planning. It offers a broad overview of the structure and process of contemporary planning practice throughout the world. It will briefly review the evolution of cities and current trends in urbanization, with a focus on the rise of megacities in the developing world. It will highlight both the theoretical debates and practical challenges that planners are likely to encounter within different substantive subfields of planning practice; and discuss problem-solving techniques and strategies used by practicing planners working in different institutional contexts. The course is organized into three major areas: I) Evolution of cities and urbanization trends throughout the world; II) Evolution of urban planning and its functions; III) Fields and topics in urban planning (i.e. urban design, historic preservation, downtown redevelopment).
Learning objectives: At the end of the class the students:
- Should have some introductory knowledge of the evolution of cities and their role in history.
- Be able to describe some of the social implications of urbanization, and compare and contrast the different views of several authors.
- Be able to describe the key features of the historic urban planning proposals of several key scholars.
- Be able to describe the evolution of master plans/comprehensive plans and the structure/functions of the planning process, with an emphasis on the role of the local governments.
- Be able to describe the contribution of some key authors to urban design.

- Be able to describe in some detail contemporary issues related to social justice, citizen participation, and resolving conflicts in planning.
- Should have a better understanding of the peculiarities of urbanization trends in some Eastern European cities.
- You should gain some practical skills regarding team work, presentation, comparative work as well as empirical observation of urban spaces in reference to some of the class readings.

syllabus fall 2017.pdfsyllabus fall 2017.pdf

This course deals with applied research methods in urban and regional planning analysis and it aims to provide the students with some basic techniques for analyzing the potential for redevelopment of a community or a larger area, such as a county or a region. The course is organized in three major areas: demographic analyses, planning tools for analyzing public spaces and urban life, and tools for analyzing business patterns within cities and regions.

This course develops the discussion on decision-making support tools related to local economic development, with focus on the strategies that local government can devise in order to promote the economic component of the local development plans. The course is discussing the connection between theory and practice through the use of case studies.

syllabus  local economic development 2016.pdfsyllabus local economic development 2016.pdf

This course deals with applied research methods for urban and regional planning analysis and it aims to provide the students with some basic techniques for analyzing the potential for redevelopment of a community or a larger area, such as a county or a region. The course is organized in four major areas: demographic analyses, regional economic analyses, land use analyses and cluster analysis.