Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
Over the last six months some of my blog entries have highlighted plans and places. This month I turn to processes that are important in planning. This is a bit trickier than plans and places as the web presence of processes tends to be dominated by project examples and how-to instructions. It’s also hard from the web to get a sense of how processes have developed over time—for example what passes as rational comprehensive planning today, complete with numerous participatory processes and evaluation strategies, is quite different from the much criticized technical model of the 1950s and 1960s. Of course that’s a good reason to go to planning school.
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 11:54am PDT
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:27pm PDT
In recent blogs I have written about places and plans in many different locales and through time. Students often ask, “do I need to visit places to know about them”?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:12pm PDT
Last month I highlighted some important places in the history of planning. Responding to student requests, this month I turn to plans.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 7:29pm PDT
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