Last year I had the opportunity to teach a graduate course on "Web 2.0 for Policy and Planning" at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning & Development.
Although I am co-teaching a different class this year, I have updated my course website with a revised course syllabus and extensive reading list on Web 2.0 and planning, based on what I learned from teaching the course in Spring, 2009.
Each student selected a particular Web 2.0 technology and examined the technology through a planning or urban policy lense. I selected the best six student white papers from the course, and have now assembled them in a short book, Exploring Web 2.0 in Urban Planning.
Exploring Web 2.0 in Urban Planning
A collection of six white papers, Edited by Chris Steins | Published by Planetizen Press
Abstract: Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing how we plan, develop and manage our urban areas. Likewise, planning professionals are increasingly being called on to adopt new technologies to plan, communicate planning concepts and engage citizens in the planning process. This collection of articles introduces a range of Web 2.0 technologies that can be applied to the field of planning, including Web surveys, Twitter, Web-based geographic information systems, Google transit, citizen engagement strategies, and image visualizations. The six white papers in this document were researched and written by authors at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development University of Southern California as part of a Spring, 2009 graduate- level course on Internet Technologies and Urban Planning.