Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools
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The tools used to communicate urban design concepts and interventions—Google Earth, GIS, SketchUp, image manipulation—are free, easy to learn, and transformative. With knowledge about planning principles and the design of place in hand, these communication tools fundamentally change who can claim the role of urban designer. This eight-course series explores essential urban design concepts through free, open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.
The first course introduces the open source software you’ll use throughout the series to create analytical maps, 3D models, and 2D graphic designs. You’ll learn how to download the software, the basic tools and functionality of each program, and how these skills can contribute to the design process.
Emily Talen, PhD, FAICP, is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her research is devoted to urban design and the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design Reclaimed, City Rules, and Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book, to be published in 2018 by Oxford University Press, is called Neighborhood. She has a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s in City & Regional Planning from Ohio State University.