END 473

END 473– Projects in Physical Planning and Design

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Course No.: 21538

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 207

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00PM - 8:40PM

Faculty: Shibley, Walsh

Faculty: Shibley, Walsh


This practical, project based, research intensive course explores the role of community engagement in community-based planning and design efforts as it supports year three of One Region Forward’s (1RF) Citizen Planning School (http://youtu.be/HEQCwRB_pO0). 1RF is a regional sustainability initiative in Erie and Niagara counties. The 1RF Citizen Planning School model is an innovative approach to community engagement that supports community initiated change through information sharing and collaborative learning between residents, decision makers, and professionals. It is a form of civic infrastructure that is vital to the ongoing success 1RF’s bottom up approach to regional sustainability planning. Through a combination of academic preparation and firsthand experience engaging with diverse public constituencies, students will hone skills and actively contribute to One Region Forward’s community engagement efforts. This course is an elective.


The Spring 2016 Semester offers an excellent opportunity for reflective performance evaluation research, one year after the release of the 1RF Final Plan in February 2015 and after two years of success with the Citizens Planning School (CPS) and its Champions of Change program. A number of key questions emerge. Within our region, what’s next for CPS? Outside of our region, what can we learn from other precedent projects? How can our demonstrated successes support a network of learning communities in the U.S. and abroad committed to creating a flourishing future?


Successful completion of this course is based on successful, professional delivery of key research projects and associated publications. This course requires a serious commitment on the part of its students to engage as a professional. This program is akin to an internship. High standards of professionalism are expected. Grading is based on group work, timely production of reports, attendance, and a 3-5 page final paper and portfolio.


GRADUATE students of Architecture, Planning, Law, Public Health, Media Studies, and Business Administration. UNDERGRADUATE students in Environmental Design.