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Big Plans

This class explores various types of large-scale planning initiatives that have been devised and implemented to improve the human condition through the lenses of urban planning and international development. Using case studies from all around the world, we will trace the evolution of Big Plans and examine how these plans have modified the social, economic, environmental, and spatial fabric of cities. We will consider potential strategies to improve Big Planning approaches of the past from a variety of perspectives from technology to democratic decision-making processes to real estate development. Assignments include analyzing physical plans, writing policy memos and reflection pieces, and a group project evaluating a Big Plan of one’s choice.