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URBDP 200 Introduction to Urbanization: Planning and Designing Alternative Urban Futures (5) I&S
Introduces how cities work and explores alternative ways of planning and designing urban futures. Explores the economic, cultural, political, and social aspects of cities and how we might change them for the better. Also examines numerous case studies from the Global North and South.
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URBDP 300 Introduction to Urban Planning (5) I&S
Principles and theories of urban structure and institutions. Concepts and logic of planning as a community process and a professional activity. Evolution of planning ideas in response to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework. Complementary nature of public and private responsibilities. Major procedures used by planners.
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URBDP 301 Database Management Fundamentals (3)
Introduces the tasks and roles that contribute to the management of the design and security of database systems in an organizational context. Students gain a basic understanding of database management systems and administrative practices, as well as hands-on database experience. Credit/no-credit only.
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URBDP 370 Reading the City (5) VLPA/I&S
Comprehending cities as reflection of individual reader and social/cultural context. Skills for analyzing everyday, visible evidence of the city. Topics include self-identity with place, city, image and perception, visual design analysis; and place as representation of culture. Extensive writing, multiple texts, collaborative work in groups and fieldwork.
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URBDP 422 Urban and Regional Geospatial Analysis (5)
Principles of GIS applied to problems in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, and environmental and resource studies. Practical problem-solving approaches using contemporary desktop mapping packages and vector and raster GIS systems. Siting, environmental evaluation and inventories, and modeling. Prerequisite: either GEOG 317, GEOG 360, GEOG 461, GEOG 462, GEOG 465, FISH 452, or OCEAN 452. Offered: W.
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URBDP 429 Computer-Aided Planning of Urban Systems (3)
Survey of online planning applications; use of various on-line systems to solve urban systems design problems; investigations of hardware/software tradeoffs; human factors in man-computer systems design theory as it relates to problem-solving activity. Offered: jointly with CEE 418.
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URBDP 446 Practical Experience (4, max. 8)
Off-campus internship under academic supervision in situations useful to the education of planners, such as public/private planning and design offices, projects related to the environment, cross-cultural matters, and decision making. Assistance in identifying appropriate projects.
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URBDP 450 Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning (3)
Provides an understanding of contemporary land use issues (including sprawl, smart growth, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, and Washington's Growth Management Act) and examines their environmental impact and social welfare implications. Analyzes best-practice techniques of growth management.
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URBDP 451 Housing (3) I&S
Survey of housing and redevelopment problems, theories, standards, and practice. Development of public policies, finance, technological considerations, social factors, and priorities. Prerequisite: 3.0 in URBDP 300.
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URBDP 457 Housing in Developing Countries (3)
Emphasis on role of the design and planning professional in housing delivery in developing countries. Exploration of issues of culture, political environment, social context, economic circumstances, and other factors which define and limit the manner in which the professional planner and designer can and should function.
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URBDP 466 Infrastructure and Community Facilities (4)
Issues and methods associated with planning for parks, schools, drainage, sewerage, utilities, libraries, solid waste, and transportation. Covers their relationship to comprehensive plans, project permitting, and impact assessment. Financing, regulating, and relationships to social, environmental, and economic goals are discussed.
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URBDP 467 Urban Planning Uses of Remote Sensing (3)
Using aerial photographs and satellite image data in urban planning. Urban change analysis, land-use and land cover classification, and environmental planning applications. Scale and resolution considerations. Development of proficiency through laboratory exercises and use of image-processing software.
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URBDP 470 Introduction to Urban Design (3) VLPA/I&S
Definitions and examples of urban design; heritage of urban design; theories of city building; the role of urban design in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
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URBDP 474 Site Planning: Issues and Techniques (3)
Introduction to site planning; how it is regulated; why it is important to know; and how to carry out its key tasks, including residential subdivision and mixed-use development layout; basic topographical and hydrological analysis and manipulation; roadways, parking and hierarchies of circulation, and site design detail. Offered: Sp.
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URBDP 479 The Urban Form (3) VLPA
Elements, patterns, and evolution of urban form. The forces that shaped cities in history. Contemporary trends. Methods of urban morphological analysis as related to urban design and planning practices. Required for MUP graduate students.
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URBDP 481 Metropolitan Planning and Development in Developing Countries (3) I&S
Examination of the nature and causes of urban planning and management problems in developing countries and exploration of alternative approaches to solve some of these problems.
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URBDP 498 Special Topics (1-9, max. 15)
Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics for each quarter vary, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter.
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URBDP 499 Special Projects (1-12, max. 12)
Independent/tutorial study for undergraduates. Individual reading, research, fieldwork, or other special project, outlined in advance, approved by, and under the direction of, the faculty adviser most appropriate for the project proposed.
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URBDP 500 Survey of Urban Planning (4)
Concepts and logic of planning as a professional activity. Evolution of guiding ideas in relation to changing social, economic, and environmental conditions within the American political framework. Major procedures used by planners. Critical appraisal. Open to graduate students in urban design and planning and to graduate students in architecture seeking the urban design certificate.
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URBDP 501 Comprehensive Planning and Implementation (3) Whittington
Reviews the comprehensive planning process as a part of managing metropolitan growth. Examines federal/state statutes affecting local government comprehensive plans. Includes local government land use regulations and reviews development process. Concentrates on tools to shape land use and development patterns and their effectiveness in creating outcomes specified in comprehensive plans. Offered: W.
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URBDP 502 Tools for Sustainable Cities (4) Sterrett
Examines specific tools used for planning sustainable cities, including hands-on learning, speakers, case studies, and site tours to enrich students' knowledge and experience. Prerequisite: CEP 200 or URBDP 300. Offered: SpS.
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URBDP 503 Communication and Analysis (3)
Development of communication skills understanding within the planning and design process. Presentation of communications as a design process with mental, visual, oral, written, and kinesthetic cognitive actions combined to form communications thinking. Offered: W.
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URBDP 506 Planning Studio Prep (2)
Introduces plan-making process, provides time for background research, issue identification, public involvement, and preliminary analysis.
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URBDP 507 General Urban Planning Laboratory (4)
Studio/field project in applied professional planning of a comprehensive nature, utilizing a local study area to examine the realities of problem solving in situations of functional and normative conflict. Integration of analysis, programming, implementation, and presentation phases of the planning process.
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URBDP 508 Specialized Planning Laboratory (5, max. 10)
Studio/field project on a specialized planning problem. Several options are offered each year, such as regional-environmental planning, housing, metropolitan planning, and urban design. Prerequisite: ARCH 500 and ARCH 507. Additional prerequisite for some sections: urban planning seminar or lecture courses.
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URBDP 509 Resources for Urban Planning (1)
Provides an opportunity for students to explore and discuss issues of professional practice with practicing planners in an informal context. Questions posed by the participants usually emphasize practical aspects of working as planners. Credit/no-credit only.
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URBDP 510 Theories and Methodologies of Planning I (4)
Survey of the philosophy, methods, and analytical techniques used in planning public actions and policies, with emphasis on the logic and assumptions upon which these are based. Various planning surveys and methods. Open to graduate students in urban design and planning and to graduate students seeking the urban design certificate. Prerequisite: URBDP 500.
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URBDP 512 Research Seminar (3)
Planning, designing, and undertaking applied research in an urban setting. Framing, critically assessing, managing, and presenting research used in urban planning and design. Conceptual modeling of causal relationships, choice among experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and ethical and political implications of research undertakings. Exercises leading to a complete research design.
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URBDP 519 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Qualitative research methods covering both the theoretical foundations and practical methodologies of traditional and innovative approaches, including cognitive mapping, open-ended interviews, ethnographic observation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, critical theory, communicative action, grass-roots empowerment, post-structuralism, and self organization. Offered: jointly with ARCH 567.
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URBDP 520 Quantitative Methods in Urban Design and Planning (4) Born
Methods of statistical and mathematical analysis in design and planning. Emphasizes the use of computer packages for analyzing urban data. Regression, matrix methods, cohort-survival populations models with examples solved on microcomputers. Prerequisite: college mathematics and basic course in probability and statistics.
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URBDP 525 Evaluation in Urban Planning (3)
Methods and techniques for a priori assessment of physical improvement plans, program designs, public policies. Includes cost effectiveness and matrix or goal achievement, as well as more conventional cost-benefit and cost-revenue forms of analysis. Emphasis on understanding the reasoning and issues in evaluation, and gaining a working competence in at least one of the methods treated.
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URBDP 536 Health Impact Assessment (2) Dannenberg, Wagner
Examines the use of Health Impact Assessment as a public health tool for informing decision-makers about the potential health impacts of proposed projects and policies. Students learn the steps for conducting HIAs, review case studies, and conduct an HIA of a current local proposed project. Offered: jointly with ENV H 536; Sp.
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URBDP 538 Public Health and the Built Environment (2) Dannenberg, Wagner
Examines how the design of communities and land use and transportation decision have positive and adverse effects on health. Considers built environment impacts on physical activity, obesity, air quality, injuries, mental health, social capital, and environmental justice; and explores interventions to promote healthy community design. Offered: jointly with ENV H 538; W.
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URBDP 549 Hazard Mitigation Planning (3)
A survey of the field of planning for managing risks of natural hazards-earthquakes, floods, coastal/meteorological hazards, and human-caused technological hazards/terrorism. Covers pre-event mitigation through building and land-use controls; disaster preparedness; post-even response, recovery, and mitigation of future hazards. Emphasizes hazard mitigation as a long-term strategy for achieving sustainability of communities.
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URBDP 552 Real Estate Process (4)
Introduces the real estate process including zoning, design, development, appraisal, finance, market research, and feasibility analyses. Helps students understand how to allocate real estate resources to create sustainable, market-based projects drawing on interdisciplinary concepts, perspectives, and processes to optimize spatial solutions. Offered: jointly with R E 552; A.
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URBDP 553 Urban Land Economics (4) Bitter
Introduces urban economics, land markets, and locational decision making; and examines urban spatial structure and the economic, political, social, technological, and historical forces that shape land values and uses. Uses applied spatial analytical tools including geographic information systems and geogemographic software. Offered: jointly with R E 553; A.
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URBDP 554 Real Estate Finance (4)
Expands on basic financial concepts introduced in the Real Estate Process. Designed to help students understand the financial implications of various real estate decisions. Covers mortgage finance, leverage, cash flow analysis, capital sources, financial engineering, and advanced modeling. Prerequisite: URBDP 552. Offered: jointly with R E 554; W.
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URBDP 555 Real Estate Appraisal (4) Bitter
Discusses valuation theory and the mechanics underlying real estate appraisal practices. Explores the unique market within which property interests are created, allocated or transferred, the dynamic nature of real estate values, and the valuation impacts of various external factors. Offered: jointly with R E 555; Sp.
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URBDP 556 Real Estate Investment (4)
Focuses on direct real estate investment based on the productive capacity of the total property, debt, and equity components and their impact on the cash returns in the form of positive returns to the property, tax savings potential, alternative leverage effects, and the gains at sale. Offered: jointly with R E 556; W.
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URBDP 557 Real Estate Law (4) Amster
Focuses on the legal principles and issues essential to understanding the workings of the real estate industry, including the fundamentals of real estate transactions and development projects. Offered: jointly with R E 557; A.
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URBDP 558 Real Estate Market Analysis (4)
Prepares students to conduct and interpret market studies to cover a range of real estate decisions. Exposes students to the market analysis process and various tools and techniques that can be used to analyze and forecast supply, demand, and rental rates. Offered: jointly with R E 558; W.
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URBDP 559 Real Estate Portfolio Management (5) DeLisle
Students develop formal portfolio management strategies that draw on their in-depth understanding of real estate fundamentals, strategic planning and portfolio theory. Working in teams, students prepare cutting-edge portfolio strategies including the policies and procedures for implementation and portfolio management. Offered: jointly with R E 569; Sp.
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URBDP 560 Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan Region (3/4)
Explores national/local urban policy concerning the major problems confronting cities and metropolitan regions today. Economic globalization, income inequality, and metropolitan decentralization shape the urban agenda, the context for urban policy, and the analytic focus of the course. A project allows the exploration of strategies for intervention. Offered: jointly with PB AF 560.
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URBDP 561 Urban Economics and Public Policy (3/4, max. 12)
Examines the rationale for and consequences of public intervention in urban land, housing, and transportation markets through land use regulations such as zoning and urban growth boundaries, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies to manage urban development and traffic. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or equivalent. Offered: jointly with PB AF 561.
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URBDP 562 Introduction to Neighborhood Planning and Community Development (3)
Provides introduction to basic practices in neighborhood planning and community development, including theoretical/historical bases; developing neighborhood plans/projects; indicators and evaluation of neighborhood quality; community participation; institutional framework, ethical dilemmas, and professional roles. Addresses current issues, including Seattle's experience, NIMBYism, security, neighborhood character, housing segregation, environmental racism. Offered: jointly with PB AF 562.
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URBDP 564 Planning History, Theory, and Ethics (3)
Examines major historical landmarks since the Civil War (urban, suburban, and rural, physical and social-economic); theoretical alternatives (rationalism, pluralism-advocacy, critical theory, bio-regionalism, dissipative models); and ethical issues (such as distributive justice and principles of professional conduct).
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URBDP 565 American Urban History (3)
Intensive lecture/seminar designed to provide students the opportunity for immersion in historical scholarship that addresses social, economic, political, technological, and cultural forces that have shaped the development of American cities.
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URBDP 567 Democracy, Citizenship, and Participation in the City (3)
Graduate seminar on democracy in cities. Focuses on contemporary ideas, debates, and initiatives.
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URBDP 568 Real Estate Feasibility (4) DeLisle
Applies critical thinking needed to understand the drivers of value of the major property types which covers the "user in search of a site" and "investor in search of involvement' feasibility questions. Applies a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis to target markets. Offered: jointly with R E 560; Sp.
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URBDP 569 Real Estate Capital Markets (4) Grissom
Studies capital markets, investigating the agents and institutions that channel money from the array of sources of savings to investment projects. Identifies the sources of available capital and uses investment and portfolio tools employed by conduits and intermediaries matches the capital to projects and asset classes. Offered: jointly with R E 561; A.
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URBDP 573 Digital Design (4)
Uses digital technologies for mapping, drafting, modeling, and communication. Includes real-world case study projects that focus on urban design and planning issues.
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URBDP 576 Pedestrian Travel, Land Use, and Urban Form (3)
Seminar concentrating on walking as a mode of transportation in cities and city-regions, including social, cognitive, and perceptual dimensions of pedestrian movement and behavior theory. Offered: jointly with CEE 586.
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URBDP 577 Real Estate Project Finance (3) Rolfe
Introduces financing real property projects developed by public, community, and private entities with a primary emphasis on interim (acquisition/development/construction) and take-out lending for new real estate projects. Offered: jointly with R E 570; Sp.
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URBDP 578 Real Estate Development (4)
Introduction and survey of processes and people involved in developing real estate, including issues of site control, public/private approvals, feasibility analysis, project financing, design/construction, marketing, and asset management. Prerequisite: URBDP 552. Offered: jointly with R E 571.
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URBDP 580 Legal and Administrative Framework for Planning (3)
Political, legal, and administrative institutions closely related to the planning process. Issues of devolution of authority and public representation and participation. Legal basis for planning and associated regulation.
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URBDP 585 Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning (3)
Theories, methods, and practices associated with historic preservation planning. Overview of preservation planning programs at federal, state, and local levels. Introduction to tools and methods needed to identify, document, evaluate, and plan for protection of historic properties. Provides opportunity to learn fundamentals of preservation planning through practical experience.
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URBDP 586 Implementation in Preservation Planning (4)
Practical experience in identifying, documenting, evaluating and developing strategies for protection of historic resources, building on introductory theories, methods, and practices. Develops skills critical to preservation planning via research, fieldwork, and writing. Prerequisite: introductory course in preservation.
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URBDP 587 Preservation and the Vernacular Environment (3)
Exploration of theoretical, methodological, and practical issues related to the preservation of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes in the United States.
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URBDP 590 Real Estate Forum I (1) DeLisle
Provides an opportunity for students to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of real estate from industry leaders. Discusses current issues and opportunities in the industry as well as what it takes to develop a sustainable career path. Offered: jointly with R E 590; A.
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URBDP 591 Doctoral Seminar I (4-)
Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master's degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.
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URBDP 592 Doctoral Seminar II (-4-)
Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master's degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.
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URBDP 593 Doctoral Seminar III (-4)
Researchable issues and research methodology. Discussion and critique of selected pieces of recent research work. Presentation and critique of research proposed by members of the seminar. Prerequisite: master's degree or equivalent in a planning discipline.
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URBDP 598 Special Topics (1-6, max. 15)
Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics vary for each quarter, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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URBDP 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
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URBDP 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
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URBDP 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
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