11.201 | Fall 2007 | Graduate
Gateway: Planning Action

Calendar

SES # TOPICS CASES KEY DATES
1 Unit A. Course introduction, role and dilemmas of planning, learning from theory and context (cases) Rebuilding Los Angeles (RLA)

Discussion section Led by teaching assistants (instructors)

2 Case retrospective and “questions for reflective planners” (what’s the use of theory?) RLA re-analyzed, plus planning’s traditions and dilemmas overviewed, transition to briefing case and exercise 500-word writing diagnostic (essay) due
3 Unit B. Decision case and team briefings New Orleans recovery: Case introduction and teams

Communication workshop: Oral briefings

4 Case discussion, including guests

5 Case prep

Required team dry-run briefings

Final team briefings

Discussion section Preliminary debrief of New Orleans / briefing experience, preview of Unit C

6 Unit C. Planning history and theory: Planning as social reform through expert design Public housing redevelopment in Boston Guest lecturer: Prof. Lawrence Vale

7 Planning as social reform through expert design (cont.) Guest lecturer: Prof. Lawrence Vale

Discussion section

8 Planning as interest-group politics Sustainability planning and politics in Curitiba, Brazil

Debrief your briefing (6 teams)

Discussion section

9 Planning as interest-group politics and citizen participation Curitiba neighborhood planning scenario

Debrief your briefing (other 6 teams)

10 Planning as facilitation “A Towering Dilemma” (resource conflict)

Student-led discussion section

Exam distributed
11 Planning as facilitation (cont.) Micro-settings

12 Planning styles in conflict Transportation planning

Discussion section

Exam due
13 Unit D. Planning ethics

Land takings in fast-growing economies

Guest lecturer: Prof. Annette Kim

14 Planning ethics (cont.) Guest lecturer: Prof. Annette Kim

Communication workshop: Professional writing Types of memos, audiences, content

15 Multi-level planning: Means and ends

Case: Energy, environment, and development in modern India

Guest lecturer: Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

16 Multi-level planning: Means and ends (cont.) Guest lecturer: Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Discussion section

Draft decision memo due
17 Planning and cultural diversity Siting cultural facilities in Australia

Discussion section

Final decision memo due the day before Ses #18
18 Planning and cultural diversity (cont.) Two cases: Culture, power and communication

19 Participatory planning revisited Redevelopment and historic preservation in Singapore’s Chinatown

20 Participating the grassroots and “grasstops”: Planning and civic capacity Case: Managing sprawling growth in the American West

21 Participating the grassroots and “grasstops”: Planning and civic capacity (cont.) Case: Slum redevelopment in India

Discussion section

22 The planned city, 21st century style Guest Lecturer: Prof. Dennis Frenchman

23 Rethinking New Orleans recovery planning

Discussion section

Observation memo due the day before Ses #24
24 Planning together debrief Assignment debrief and implications

25 Final class Course review and looking ahead (your planning education and career)

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