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11.201 Gateway: Planning Action, Fall 2002

Seven Step Model.
A Seven Step Model of Planning Practice. (Copyright 2002 Lawrence Susskind.)

Highlights of this Course

This class serves as an introduction to planning for the students in the urban planning program. As an introductory class, it covers a good deal of material, which is clearly called out in the calendar, and in the in-depth set of readings. The lecture notes detail case studies covered in the class, from three different metropolitan areas.

Course Description

This class introduces first semester MCP students to the persistent themes and challenges facing planners. The goals of this class are:
  • to excite students about their chosen profession;
  • to offer a theoretical framework for thinking about the kinds of interventions that planners are expected to take;
  • to introduce students to some of the most interesting and challenging theoretical debates in the planning field; and
  • to press students to think about the best way of using their time to ensure their own personal professional development.


Prof. Lawrence Susskind
Prof. Langley Keyes
Prof. Diane Davis

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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