Urban Planning People and Events
The Field of URBAN PLANNING
The study of Urban Planning focuses on human settlements at all scales—from rural to urban to suburban—for the purpose of helping communities explore and secure their best possible future. It looks at land use policies and designs for making places sustainable, including strategies that protect or restore the environment, policies that will revitalize downtowns, and measures that will ensure a sense of belonging and economic opportunity for all community members. In planning class students explore the story behind the current challenges and future prospects of a place like Detroit, discover the ongoing planning measures that ensure the vigor of America’s leading tourist sites and discover the ways in which planners are in the front lines implementing measures to address climate change and conserve our landscapes.
"Urban" planning studies rural areas and suburban communities as well as cities. Above from the left: Agricultural landscape in Ottawa County, Mi., the City of Coopersviile, Mi., and a building in Grand Rapids.
The Profession of URBAN PLANNING
Those who become municipal planners can have a profound effect by helping to shape public policy, creating new designs for local spaces, and educating the public. They are often facilitators at public meetings—assisting townspeople in formulating their own plans.
Above: GVSU students Paul Bussey (class of 2013) and Lauren Daniels attend a community "Building Blocks" workshop, considering opitons for the South Arena District in Downtown Grand Rapids. The planning consultant at their table is GVSU Geography and Planning alumnus Andy Moore.
Studying Planning at GVSU
AT Grand Valley State University, students may focus on Urban Planning in three ways:
A MAJOR in Geography and Planning, with a planning concentration;
A MINOR in Urban Planning
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