UrbanPlan’s mission is to create a sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions through the education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals so—together—we can create better communities.
What is UrbanPlan?
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging exercise in which participants—high school students, university students, or public officials—learn about the fundamental forces that affect real estate development in our communities. Participants experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges.
UrbanPlan has reached over 53,000 high school and university students in the United States & Canada since 2003.
- 28 ULI District Councils and 4 satellites ran UrbanPlan programs in the 2018-19 academic year.
- UrbanPlan reached over 3,150 students in 137 classrooms at 51 high schools in the 2018-19 academic year.
- 18 universities ran UrbanPlan in graduate MBA, Real Estate, City & Regional Planning, and Architecture programs in the 2017-18 academic year.
- More members (2,500+ per year)–including trustees, governors, and product council members–participate in UrbanPlan than in any other national or local ULI program.
- Now in its fourth year, 107 ULI members engaged 320 public sector decision makers representing 175 jurisdictions through UrbanPlan.
- 1,609 volunteers donated over 6,715 hours to the program in the 2018-19 academic year.
UrbanPlan is implemented in three formats, for three unique audiences.
- High Schools: through a 15 class-hour project-based learning curriculum unit for high school juniors and seniors in economics and government classes. Student development teams respond to an RFP to redevelop a 5 ½ block site from a mythical city. Through the process, they discover the dynamic fundamental challenges of development – how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment.
- Universities: through a 12-15 class-hour project-based learning curriculum unit for undergraduate or graduate students typically in land use focused disciplines: urban planning, real estate, architecture, urban design, law, etc. Student development teams respond to an RFP to redevelop a 5 ½ block site from a mythical city. Through the process, they discover the dynamic fundamental challenges of development – how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment.
- Public Officials: through one-day, hands-on workshops, which are ideal for local decision makers who would like to learn more about the fundamental forces that shape and affect the built environment and the important leadership roles that elected and appointed officials play in the real estate development process.
Where and how will we live, work, shop, and commute impacts the character and vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Yet, our students are rarely educated about the interactions of local government with our market economy, and how these forces join to create the built environment — the foundation for any informed land use discussion. Our program provides our future leaders with the necessary skills and understanding to meet the challenges of accommodating growth and improving quality of life. That’s the power of UrbanPlan.
Interested in learning more about our UrbanPlan program? Contact Sofia Guerrero via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-773-8834.