This course provides students with an opportunity to apply the planning skills and knowledge they have developed through the MUP program, as well as work-related experience. The course is a semester-long planning problem in which students work in small groups, taking a client-centered approach to defining and solving the planning problem. Each group will act as a consulting team with a real world client. Depending on the nature of the client, assignment, and work scope, groups may approach their projects at different levels of analysis (site, neighborhood, or multi-neighborhood area), and different foci (housing, access to services, job development, sustainability, or master planning).
Students will be accountable for defining the planning problem in ways that meet the needs and interests of the client. For example, if the client says that the three main issues are crime, poverty, and substance abuse, a group cannot decide to focus on the problem of stormwater runoff and land use, unless the group persuades the client that this problem is more important or significantly related to the problems the client identified.