Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Course on Land Use and Transportation by MIT

Published Jan 12, 2009

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Using global real-world examples, 'Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning' examines how urban development drives traffic patterns, and vice versa, focusing on the relationship of land use theories and transportation planning in metropolitan areas. This free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Planning is aimed at master's degree-level students in urban planning, sociology, civil engineering, environmental planning, public administration or urban studies.

Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning: Course Specifics

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Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning: Course Details

Land use and transportation are examined as codependent facets of urban planning and development in 'Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning'. Both the impact of human movement on city spaces and the impact of spaces on human movement are considered, along with the tools urban planners use to influence both travel and urban development. Students acquire a solid base in land use and transportation theory through readings and assignments in accessibility and demand theories. This lecture course builds to an understanding of the challenges and solutions present in both land use planning and transportation planning, ultimately allowing urban planners to design the cities of the future for efficient movement of people to, from and around points of interest. Readings and lecture notes use practical examples from Chile, Brazil, China and the United States to ensure global applicability of the concepts presented. The MIT course was taught by assistant professor Pericles (Chris) Zegras as part of the Master of City Planning degree program. Presentation slides are included for many lectures from the course.

This OpenCourseWare includes a reading list and selected lecture notes and all assignments in .pdf format (downloadable). If this subject piques your curiosity, then visit the transportation and land-use interaction space course page.