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Washington DC 2010

 Strategy and Management of Walkable Urban Places

Instructor:  Christopher B. Leinberger
Location: Washington D.C.
Dates Abroad: May/June 2010

In the 21st century, regionally significant "walkable urban" places will be the major development trend. This next phase of metropolitan development is due to a structural shift in market demand, the need for environmental sustainable development and energy efficiency, and improved governmental fiscal responsibility. This shift will define urban planning, public policy, architecture, land use law and real estate development and investment for the next generation.

This course will use these five examples to understand the vast array of strategic, management and financial issues that need to be understood to create, grow and maintain these kinds of places. The course will include:

  • Visits to all five types of walkable urban place and hearing from the major developers, place managers and public planning officials about how these places emerged and where they are growing next.
  • Understand walkable urban place strategic planning, a new field which anyone connected to these types of places must understand for future success. 
  • Learn from the ground up about place management, such as “clean and safe” services, promotion, right of way and park management, transportation and parking development and management, catalytic real estate development, 3rd party management of other walkable urban places, among other roles and services.
  • The development of a real-life strategic plan as a class project for a high profile place that might have local, regional and even national significance. Craft a place-based tour system, using cutting edge smart phone technology developed by the MIT Media Labs, for a walkable urban place.

Studio Proposal (PDF 258KB)

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