The Web in Planning Education

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The World Wide Web can and should be used in urban planning curriculum. This lightning talk presents a few examples and concepts, explaining how open source projects like WordPress make it extremely easy to use the Web in the planning classroom. This talk was presented at DUSP MIT PlanningTech11.

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The Web in Planning Education

  1. 1. Planning to Plan <ul><li>The Web in Planning Education </li></ul>Jase Wilson
  2. 2. Web in Planning Ed.? <ul><li>What is </li></ul>1. Subject to teach 2. Tool for teaching *
  3. 3. It’s a Complement <ul><li>Not a Substitute </li></ul>&
  4. 4. There are a few examples...
  5. 5. <ul><li>Anne Spirn </li></ul><ul><li>Penn </li></ul><ul><li>1996 </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Chris Steins </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>because it’s </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul>I chose to use
  8. 9. on planningtoplan .net <ul><li>Post = Session </li></ul><ul><li>Page = Misc. (syllabus, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive use of embedded media </li></ul><ul><li>Student comments enabled & encouraged </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Post = Session: </li></ul><ul><li>Each post corresponds with a class or lab </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Page = Misc.: </li></ul><ul><li>For instance, the syllabus. </li></ul><ul><li>Bonus: Site allows paper minimal course: this page is the official syllabus, writing assignments submitted via Google Docs, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Extensive use of embedded media: </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Student comments enabled & encouraged: </li></ul><ul><li>Threaded </li></ul><ul><li>Extends classroom discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages debate </li></ul><ul><li>Walks the walk </li></ul>
  13. 14. Interacting on the web is simple now... <ul><li>but how? </li></ul>
  14. 17. What once took months of training & scores of work hours can now be done in a matter of minutes. Poussin, 1658
  15. 18. Web is vital to future of Planning <ul><li>Has been & continues to be info resource </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly useful in participatory planning </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent tool for planning education </li></ul><ul><li>HTML5+CSS3+JS ushering in new era of web apps </li></ul>
  16. 19. DUSP @ MIT <ul><li>* Inventor of the web offices a few hundred yards away </li></ul><ul><li>* One of the top C.S. programs in the world </li></ul><ul><li>* Top planning school in US (Planetizen ’09) </li></ul><ul><li>* Best and brightest faculty, staff, students </li></ul><ul><li>* Yet no dedicated web & planning course. Why not? </li></ul>Why so little attention? (“technology”)
  17. 20. Thanks <ul><li>? & ! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@luminopolis </li></ul>

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