Students using the luminous table, from Eran Ben-Joseph's class, 11.304J.
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, established in 1932,
was the second planning department in the U.S. and today is one of the
largest planning departments nationally.
DUSP excels at
theorizing from practice and is particularly interested in how
decisions are implemented and the impacts and benefits on those
The department offers degree programs in the five specialization
areas: City Design and Development (CDD), Environmental Policy Group
(EPG), Housing, Community, and Economic Development (HCED),
International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) and Planning
Support Systems (PSS). There are also two non-degree programs,
the Center for Reflective Community Practice (CRCP) for mid-career
community activists and the Special Program for Urban and Regional
Studies (SPURS) for mid-career professionals in developing countries.
A wide range of field-based opportunities are available for students
to work in collaboration with faculty on real-world planning problems.
This unique tie between theoretical academic studies and field-based
action research is one of the continuing allures of the program.
Department of Urban Studies and Planning links
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