Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
Earlier blogs have explored books and journals for finding out about the basics of planning history. In this blog I add to this by listing a just few of the places it is important to recognize as a planner. It is of course difficult to make such lists but students ask for them with some frequency. Of course, places are one thing and planning processes quite another--and in planning process is very important. Upcoming blogs will deal with plans and processes.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 10:42am PDT
Planning students are often told to find good information. How to do that is becoming both simpler, due to various search engines and databases, and more complex, given the amount of information available.
Monday, May 31, 2010 - 12:52pm PDT
For most planning programs in the U.S. this is the end of the semester. Having read literally hundreds of papers over the past few months I have reflected on the lessons of better papers for writing in planning.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:44pm PDT
Planning history is often taught in the first semester of planning programs. However, many students find that their interest increases with time and that with more knowledge they have more questions. Below I list some basic books and journals for finding out about planning history. In an upcoming entry I will discuss important plans, places, and programs that the historically literate urban planner should at least recognize.
Two books typically set in planning history introductory courses in the United States are an easy place to start:
Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 7:47am PDT
Students nearing graduation are wondering about employment.
Some already have jobs lined but many do not. While it is good to start
looking, best advice is to graduate first as finishing up after you have a job
almost always creates a lot of stress and bother. Previous blogs have covered Finding
a First Job in Planning, Tips on Gainful Unemployment for New Planners, and Defining the Planning Skill Set based on surveys of employers and graduates. Anna
Read, a recent graduate from Cornell’s MRP program who found employment right
away last year, has passed along these tips from her own experience:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 7:37am PST
Some time ago I noted a number of terrific image resources
for urban planners.
This blog highlights some additional sources.
Monday, February 1, 2010 - 4:25pm PST
With vacations upon us many students have been asking me what they should read over the winter break. Certainly it is possible to catch up with planning classics and thought-provoking books and several earlier blogs have highlighted these options. However,for those wanting to escape and learn something as well, a number of mystery authors write books that both investigate crimes and evoke a sense of place. The following list highlights just some of this range—there are hundreds more of course (and if you scroll for the bottom you will find links to other lists).
Monday, January 4, 2010 - 10:32am PST
The short answer to the question about whether someone needs professional or activist planning experience before graduate school is yes!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 4:21pm PST
Confused about where to study planning? Of course there’s
the Planetizen guide but in the United
States two free sources of information
provide extensive lists of potential schools.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 1:13pm PDT
The fall is high season for school visits from prospective
students. I am a great believer in doing this remotely—while some greenhouse
gases are generated by a Google search it is far less than a plane ride to a
distant campus. I suggest visiting schools only after you have been admitted
(and not even then if you don’t have a really crucial question that can only be
answered on site). However, if you can’t bring yourself to even apply to a
school in a place you’ve never visited, and promise to buy carbon set asides, a
tour may be worth it. The following tips can help you make the most of the
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:26am PDT