Semester Offering: January
The objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of urban planning systems and its application in designing and managing urban built-environment.  The course covers the theories and practices of the modern city planning examining several subtopics – such as land use planning, zoning laws, community design and development, and the idea of urban sustainability – in light of some basic dimensions of urban analysis such as historical, economic, political, social, cultural, and spatial issues.

The course provides an opportunity for future planners, policy makers and practitioners to understand the concepts and strategies that are needed in dealing with today’s urban challenges in the context of sustainable development.


Upon completionof this course, the students will be able to:
1.    Comprehend the historical rationale of urban planning.
2.    Analyze contemporary urban planning issues in the regional and local context.
3.    Develop planning strategies and identify management techniques for the built-environment.


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I.          Form and Formation of Cities
1.        Origins and types of human settlements
2.        Evolution of cities and built environment
3.        Urban morphology
II.        Modern Urban Planning Concepts
1.        Emergence of modern urban planning
2.        From garden city to new towns
3.        Sprawl and suburbia
4.        Planned cities
III.       Political/Administrative/Legal Framework of Urban Planning
1.        Planning structure and institutions
2.        Land use and zoning
3.        Comprehensive and master plans of cities
4.        Development control, regulatory and incentive mechanisms
5.        Participation in the planning process
IV.      Management of Urban Built-Environment
1.        Urban renewal and regeneration
2.        Urban historic conservation
3.        Restructuring urban spaces
V.       Approach to Sustainability Planning
1.        Compact city and shrinking cities
2.        Neighborhood and community planning




No designated textbook, but lecture notes and reading materials will be provided.


1.    Dandekar. H. (2003). The Planner’s Use of Information (2nd ed.). Chicago: APA Planners Press.
2.    Portney, K. (2003). Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
3.    Sanyal, B., Vale, L. J. and Rosan, C. D. (2012). Planning Ideas That Matter. Cambridge:.The MIT Press.


1.     Cities, Elsevier
2.     The Urban Review, Springer


         Lectures: 40 hours
         Class discussions and presentations: 10 hours
         Self-study: 120 hours
         Group Project: 20 hours


The teaching and learning methods include lectures, structured discussion of topics related to the lectures and readings, quizzes, case-based problem solving exercises, group project and presentations.


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts:

- Quizzes, assignments and class exercises 30%
- Mid-term exam (closed book) 30%
- Final exam (Group research project and oral presentation) 40%

An “A” would be awarded if a student can contextualize the knowledge learned in class by including their own their own insight and analysis. A “B” would be given if a student shows an overall understanding of all topics, a “C” would be given if a student meets below average expectation in terms of comprehension and analysis, and a “D” would be given if a student does not meet basic expectations in analyzing or understanding the issues presented in the course.