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Engaged coursework

In spring of their first, MUPP students participate in UPP 505/506, Plan-Making and Plan-Making Studio. These two courses, offered annually in the spring semester, introduce students to the reasons and rationales for making plans, allow students to examine different types of plans, and involve students in actual making of plans in a community in the Chicago area.

In Plan-Making Studio, students are posed a common problem, and explore solutions in groups. At semester’s end, students present their plans to a group of faculty and practitioners, community agencies, local governments, and residents who may have been involved in defining the problem, providing input on current conditions, and articulating aspirations for the future. Instructors are UPP tenure-track faculty, who consult extensively on problem definition, outreach strategies, and community partners as part of the development of each year’s project.

Students also engage with communities in advanced studios specific to various concentrations using concepts learned in theory and methods classes. These courses typically have a local organization or government as the client, with the work of the class driven by the need as defined by the client in consultation with the instructor. Instructors are often practitioners from Chicago's extensive planning community.

These studio experiences are rated by students as among the most valuable of their academic career, and provide students with the opportunity to bridge the classroom and the world of practice through guided exploration of the tools, processes, and values of urban planning and policy.

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Spring 2011

UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio. In Spring 2011, the UPP 506 studio developed a plan for Illinois’ coastal communities bordering Lake Michigan for presentation to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The plan was designed to address the needs of coastal communities using various scenarios about climate change. The plan was also presented at the Coastal Zone Management Conference held in Chicago in Summer, 2011.

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Fall 2012

UPP 596: Independent Study. Working under the director of Associate Professor Curt Winkle, four students developed an Emergency Exit and Trail Assessment for the town of Ogden Dunes, Indiana, located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A presentation of the plan was made to the Ogden Dunes Town Council.

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Spring 2013

UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio. After many years of community organizing, the Fisk and Crawford coal-burning plants on Chicago’s near southwest side were shut down. Located within the largely Latino communities of Pilsen and Little Village (Lower West Side and South Lawndale community areas), studios developed plans for re-use of these two large parcels located in an industrial corridor and TIF district.

Classless Creativity: Pilsen and Little Village plan. Instructor: Professor Charles Hoch.

The Living Loop plan. Instructor: Associate Professor Janet Smith.

From Fisk to Food: A plan for the Pilsen and Little Village Industrial Corridor plan. Instructor: Associate Professor Curt Winkle.

From Contaminent to Catalyst: Transforming the Pilsen and Little Village Industrial Corridor 2040 plan. Instructor: Associate Professor Moira Zellner.

From Coal to Coalition plan and poster. Instructor: Professor Tingwei Zhang.

UPP 535: Commercial Corridor Revitalization. Working with the Village of Elmwood Park, Illinois, students developed a plan for both the physical and economic revitalization of the Grand Avenue corridor in this inner ring suburb. The plan was nominated for and awarded the APA Illinois Chapter award for best student project. Instructor: Adjunct Lecturer T. Abraham Lentner.

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Fall 2013

UPP 575: Backyard Sustainability in Blue Island. The course explores the interaction between local policies and the adoption of sustainable practices by residents and homeowners within a city or town, using the town of Blue Island, Illinois as the site of exploration. Students explored backyard sustainability practices, policy contexts and best practices from across the country in order to provide specific policy recommendations for the City of Blue Island that can pragmatically advance overall sustainability objectives. After a presentation of the class objectives at a public meeting, students were available for one-on-one consultation with residents about a range of backyard sustainability practices. Posters for each of the practices explored, as well as the final report for the project, can be viewed on the course website maintained by the instructor, Adjunct Lecturer T. Abraham Lentner.

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Spring 2014

UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio. Working with the City of Gary, Indiana and the residents of Miller Beach, a lakeside community within Gary, students created plans for sustainable economic development to address the problems of disinvestment, by maximizing the recreational and locational assets of this community.

Back to the Beach: A Community-Based Approach to Sustainable Econonomic Development plan and poster. Instructor: Professor Kheir Al-Kodmany.

Miller Beach 30 Year Plan: Sustainable Economic Development in Gary’s Lakefront Neighborhood plan and poster. Instructor: Associate Professor Kazuya Kawamura.

Restoring Resilience: A Sustainable Economic Development Plan for Miller and Beyond 2014-2044 plan and poster. Instructor: Associate Professor Sanjeev Vidyarthi.

On Track for the Future: Capitalizing on Miller Beach’s Regional Connectivity and Natural Beauty plan and poster Instructor: Associate Professor Curt Winkle.

UPP 535: Commercial Corridor Revitalization. Working with the Village of Midlothian Illinois, students developed plans for the revitalization of the Village Center, Cicero Avenue Corridor, and Kedzie Avenue Corridor. Instructor: Adjunct Lecturer T. Abraham Lentner.

Spring 2015

UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio. Working for a second year with the City of Gary, Indiana students created plans for sustainable economic development in the Midtown neighborhood to address the problems of disinvestment.

Gary Rising: Sustainable economic development plan for Midtown. Professor Kheir Al-Kodmany.

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Spring 2016

UPP 506: Plan-Making Studio. Students worked to create an equity plan for Chicago's west loop and near west side, an area that takes in Chicago's new Google offices, public housing communities in redevelopment, and the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

From Barriers to Bridges. Professor Charles Hoch.

Addressing Inequity. Associate Professor Kazuya Kawamura.

Grow West: Feed. Build. Connect.. Assistant Professor Stacey Sutton.

Planning for a Vibrant Tomorrow, Today.. Assistant Professor Nebiyou Tilahun.

Connecting Communities 2036.. Associate Professor Curt Winkle.
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