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Community Planning

Community Planning

There are serious problems that many communities face such as homelessness, poverty, growing inequality, environmental threats, crime and criminalization, to name a few. Planning at the community scale allows for greater participation and problem ­solving by residents, business owners, workers, and others who care about a neighborhood or place. At the same time, community ­level planning faces growing challenges in a globalized world where there are many influences that are beyond the local community’s control that affect their well ­being such as global (dis)investment, regional and state politics, and environmental changes…[Read More]

Environmental Planning and Sustainability

Environmental Planning and Sustainability

Global environmental problems like human-induced climate change know no national border. Meanwhile, more than fifty percent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas and consumes a majority of the planet’s natural resources. Environmental planners adopt solutions-oriented approaches to address environmental problems arising from, for example, climate change and globalization such as finding ways to support local food production, deploy clean sources of energy, conserve biodiversity and natural habitats, manage urban waste, and preserve freshwater resources…[Read More]

International Development Planning

International Development Planning

Rapid urbanization, brisk yet uneven economic development, and globalization are posing complex urban planning challenges in the Global South. The International Development Planning (IDP) cluster equips planners with the knowledge and skills required to develop effective, sensitive, and just planning responses to these challenges. The world today is more urban than rural. Between 2011 and 2050 the world’s population is expected to increase from 7 to 9.3 billion (UN DESA 2011)…[Read More]

Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

Land use, transportation and infrastructure planners prepare plans and policies that affect the growth and appearance of neighborhoods, cities, and urban regions. Their work affects the siting and sizing of new development at the urban scale as well as the physical design of specific sites. The site planning process itself involves site selection, program development, site analysis and design, and plan implementation…[Read More]

Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA) is an interdisciplinary field that is becoming increasingly important. The president of the World Bank reported that in the past 30 years, more than 2.5 million people have been lost because of natural disasters. While more recently, fewer lives are being lost because of advances in risk reduction, the economic cost associated with disasters continues to grow…[Read More]

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