Community Growth and Land Use Planning

Seminar, workshops and fieldwork on strategies to use municipal land use regulations to shape urban growth and equity. The practicum workshop builds skills in civic engagement, policy-relevant research, zoning regulations, and physical design and planning. The workshop begins with implementation of qualitative and quantitative research into the existing built environment, social, economic, and political context. It continues with the planning, design and implementation of community engagement strategies to shape goals and vision for the projects. The practicum then explores land use scenarios, design and innovative zoning and regulatory techniques, to improve equity in the areas of housing, environment, economic development, mobility, and the public realm. Projects arranged with small teams serving the municipal client that are experiencing pressures of urban growth and change in Massachusetts.