END 473– Projects in Physical Planning and Design

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Course No.: 21538

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: Wende – 111

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM

Faculty: Shibley

This practical course explores the role of community engagement in community-based planning and design efforts as it supports year two of One Region Forward’s (1RF) Citizen Planning School (http://youtu.be/HEQCwRB_pO0). The 1RF Citizen Planning School model is an innovative approach to community engagement that supports community initiated change through information sharing and collaborative learning between residents, decisionmakers, and professionals. Through a combination of academic preparation and firsthand experience engaging with diverse public constituencies, students will hone skills and actively contribute to One Region Forward’s community engagement efforts. This course is an elective.

Students participating in this course build practical skills in small scale project planning and design, project management, event planning, technical assistance, material development, and program monitoring and evaluation within the framework of One Region Forward. One Region Forward is a regional sustainability initiative in Erie and Niagara counties. Learning takes place through a combination of lectures, labs, workshops and Citizen Planning School events.  Small teams of students will work as technical assistance providers to participants in the Citizen Planning School Champions for Change program.  Students in architecture, environmental design, planning, business administration, law, media studies, public health and allied disciplines
have an opportunity to use their unique skill sets to collaboratively work with Champions to develop ideas into actionable proposals. Students will have an opportunity to work on projects from a variety of topic areas ranging from food systems, transportation, community development, land use and climate change.

Successful completion of this course is based on successful, professional delivery of the Citizen Planning School program and all its components.  This course requires a serious commitment on the part of its students to engage as a professional. This program is akin to an internship. High standards of professionalism are expected. Grading is based on group work, timely production of Citizen Planning School materials and events, attendance, a 3-5 page final paper and portfolio.

ELIGIBILITY: GRADUATE students of Architecture, Planning, Law, Public Health, Media Studies, and Business Administration. UNDERGRADUATE students in Environmental Design.