Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
Each year a lot of students ask me "how can I get a degree in urban design?" This is a very big question but in this blog I outline
some key questions that those interested in urban design in planning need to
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 5:13pm PDT
I’ve had a lot of questions lately from students about how
important transcripts are in the graduate admissions process. Your application
to graduate school is one of the few times anyone will actually read your
undergraduate transcript so it has some importance. However, how much it
matters depends on a variety of factors.
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 9:32am PDT
While most of my advice columns are aimed at graduate
students (current, prospective, and recently graduated), much of the
information is relevant to undergraduates as well. However, there are a few
areas where undergraduates face special challenges and one of them is in
finding a planning-related program. The following tips may make the search
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 9:44am PDT
Lately as I’ve been trying to help students find information
for papers and classes, I’ve stumbled across a few new examples of faculty
using the web to give others access to visual data from their research.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 3:54pm PST
Planning students are often interested in finding examples
of planning practice, particularly good examples. Several free online sources list projects that have won awards or been the subject of magazine articles.
While winning an award doesn’t mean a project is perfect, such projects are typically m some of the more
interesting examples of planning.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:41pm PST
It’s winter break for many northern hemisphere planning
students so time to start planning for next summer’s internship. I have previously
blogged about "making the most of an internship": http://www.planetizen.com/node/51287. Here I briefly talk
about the practicalities of getting one.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 5:55pm PST
With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:23pm PDT
As readers of this blog will know I encourage people to find
out about planning programs in multiple ways. Reading the work of faculty is a
crucial first step as is reading the program’s web site. Visiting open houses
or connecting with students (programs often set up some kind of chat space
around admission time) are also options. Increasingly schools are using multiple
forms of social media to reach current students and alums providing a useful
window onto the programs for prospective students. This list highlights a few
of these sources used specifically by planning programs.
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 9:17am PDT
Recently I’ve had a number of undergraduate students ask how
to make the most of internships—over the semester and in the breaks. The
following represents some advice for current students.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 4:48pm PDT
When the Planetizen team set up the Interchange blog section in early 2007 they invited half a dozen academics, and dozens of others, to blog. This is my 54th entry in that (monthly) series. I’m about to start dealing with some new topics--like big ideas in planning--but thought I should do a little research to see which of my past blogs people have been reading.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:35am PDT