TEACHING PARTICIPATORY PRACTICE AS THE BEST WAY TO ADVOCATE FOR JUST, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES

Urban Placemaking and Management (UPM) program provides a professionally oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. The UPM program focuses on participatory planning leading to successful and sustainable public spaces. The focus begins with community engagement, while stressing a multidisciplinary approach to the development, design and programming of public space.

See Urban Placemaking and Management, MS Curriculum Overview and Yearly Plan of Study

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

A. Students shall demonstrate both professional competency in the field of placemaking and the ability to independently pursue original thinking and research.

B. Students shall demonstrate a foundational understanding of

  • The history and theory of public space.
  • The professional disciplines and practices involved in creating and maintaining successful public space.
  • The balance of theory and practice, especially with regard to the use of ideas and information.

C. Students shall demonstrate technical proficiency consistent with the highest standards of the profession, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and written, oral and graphic communication skills.

D. Students shall demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in planning practice, potentially with a concentration in community development, physical planning, urban sustainability, and historic preservation.

E. Students shall demonstrate collaborative skills, critical thinking, and an ability to lead in an interdisciplinary environment.

F. Students shall exit Pratt as an engaged professional on the path to participate meaningfully in the field; help preserve the environment for generations to come; and foster inclusive planning and just cities.

APPLYING TO URBAN PLACEMAKING AND MANAGEMENT MS

Students have full access to courses in the other Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) aside from the UPM: City and Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Historic Preservation, and Construction / Facilities Management, in addition to courses at Brooklyn Law School. Students may go further, to pursue two GCPE graduate degrees (combining planning and sustainability, or planning and preservation, or planning and development) at considerable savings in credits, cost, and time. This enables students to graduate from Pratt doubly equipped and qualified. The same option (and savings) exists for a J.D. in law, in association with Brooklyn Law School.

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Visit the department at one of our upcoming Open Houses:

Tuesday, September 24, 5-6 PM, tour and discussion with current students, followed by meeting with program administrators from 6-7 PM

Tuesday, October 22, 5-6 PM, tour and discussion with current students, followed by meeting with program administrators from 6-7 PM

Meet in Higgins Hall North, Room 206, 61 St. James Place at the corner of Lafayette Avenue. RSVP with Sandra Hetzel, Assistant to the Chair, shetzel@pratt.edu.

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