END 473- Projects in Physical Planning and Design

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Course No.: 22992

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 103

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday - Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 11:20AM

Faculty: Shibley

The course is aimed at honing student skills in community engagement while actively contributing to UB’s community engagement on the One Region Forward project (http://www.oneregionforward.org). It is envisioned as one that will prepare senior students of Planning and Architecture to move out into the urban planning and design practice with a first-hand experience of what it takes to engage with diverse public constituencies. Classes will be include a combination of lecture and lab sessions. As students advance through the course, they will pick up sufficient background to review and critique community engagement models, work closely with citizen planners at the Citizen Planning School to develop their ideas on community projects to actionable proposals and plans, build experience in event planning and management and invent their roles depending on skill sets they bring along in working within a team of students, citizen champions and citizen planners. Following from phase 1 work at the UB Regional Institute’s (UBRI) Citizen Planning School, the course will involve citizen champions in mentor roles, guiding the process of project development in their assigned teams. In an attempt to educate the students and the new batch of citizen planners on project feasibility, earlier developed proposals by Citizen Champions will be reviewed by an expert panel to identify gaps and allow revisions to improve chances of their adoption to ongoing community development projects in the region. A fresh batch of citizen planners with a minimum level of collaborative support on their ideas will be selected for the course. They will work in teams, along with a mentor citizen champion and a group of students to convert their ideas to proposals. The process will involve re-scoping their ideas to suit the resources the school has to offer and the time available to translate ideas to proposals. Each team is expected to be innovative in the model of engagement they work out to help them work together most efficiently, given their personal schedules and commitments to ensure a quality proposal. The course will culminate in the second IDEA Summit, which will give each team an opportunity to showcase their proposals to a wider audience of practitioners, decision makers and citizens. Materials developed on the course will contribute to the web content on the 1 Region Forward Project at the UBRI.

A video clip can be viewed at:   http://youtu.be/HEQCwRB_pO0