Urban Planning Education

Niehoff Urban Studio

Lessons from a Groundbreaking Interdisciplinary Design Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati

Niehoff Urban Studio brings students from different departments together to work on bettering Cincinnati's built environment.

May 8, 2014 - Anna Bergren Miller

Youth and the Greatest Love of All….What I Learned From Whitney Houston

As a childhood Whitney Houston fan and former owner of her Greatest Hits cassette tape, her death revived memories of a 13 year old summer camper standing atop a twin bed belting out The Greatest Love of All into a hairbrush microphone. I never really paid much attention to the lyrics until news reports of her death relentlessly played the song--“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” The 13-year old in me always liked that Whitney was singing about my generation, but beyond that, I didn’t quite understand the message. And it wasn’t until last month when I listened to the lyrics and I get it now.  It is our responsibility to prepare our children for their roles in building and shaping our world, our cities, our neighborhoods.

April 11, 2012 - Melissa Hege

Planning Reaches the Tipping Point

MCP student Jeff Tiell says that everyday people finally understand that urban planning is important and interesting, indicating a popularization of, and a deep need for, planning methods and techniques.

January 26, 2011 - Next American City

School's in Session for Urban Planning High School

A new high school has opened in East Los Angeles that focuses specifically on urban planning.

November 18, 2010 - Metropolis

Let's Teach Children Planning

Planners often encounter ineffective public participation because of the fact that citizens often are not taught planning skills in school, says Michael A. Rodriguez.

September 24, 2009 - Michael A. Rodriguez

A Semester in Review, New Year Resolutions, Building Blocks and Toy Cars

In the dawn of the New Year, I cannot help but reflect on my pivotal moments in 2008, and look forward to 2009. I wrapped up – no, survived – my first semester in the Master of City Planning program at MIT. I am being a little dramatic here, but the program is really very rigorous. One thing I learned was that with such a rigorous program there is no need to make it unnecessarily more challenging. When I arrived in Cambridge, I was very excited to be in school again – I graduated from college ten years ago – and I registered for five and a half classes. Three and a half of the classes were required and two were electives. It was recommended that we take only one elective, but I was psyched and I was going to take MIT by storm!

January 4, 2009 - Tamika Camille Gauvin

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Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

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The best of the Internet—since 2002.

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Planning apps for a brave new world.

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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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.