urban studies

Cool shops along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

An Expanded Approach to the Analysis of Cities

Even with so much data in the world, cities are a slippery subject. What if an everyday part of life in cities—the "scenes" comprised by businesses, people, and practices of similarly distinct aesthetics—can help our understanding?

November 11, 2021 - Martha Frish

Last of the color coding

Graduate Urbanism Studies Aren't What They Used to Be

As society's understanding of cities, neighborhoods, and communities continues to evolve, so too do the graduate education programs created to provide professional training in those areas.

November 19, 2014 - This Big City

Students at a graduation ceremony

Finding an Undergraduate Planning Program

Undergraduates face special challenges and one of them is in finding a planning-related program. The following tips may make the search easier.

March 19, 2012 - Ann Forsyth

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.