USC Price School of Public Policy

Preservation and Design of the Built Environment

MPL Concentrations

Additional Opportunities in Preservation and Design of the Built Environment:

Preservation and Design of the Built Environment addresses the architecture of the city, viewed not as a series of individual buildings, but as a set of visual and functional connections between buildings on a street front or in a district. In contemporary settings, planning and construction do not begin with a blank slate. Rather, new structures are inserted into an existing built environment, which must be respected for its historical heritage and its contributions to the new. Students in this concentration are encouraged to draw from courses related to landscape architecture and historic preservation in the School of Architecture.

Suggested courses for students selecting this concentration include:

  • Historical Analysis of Urban Form and Planning Practice (PPD 530)
  • Comparative Urbanization, Development, and Inequality (PPD 615)
  • Housing Facilities and Community Development (PPD 618)
  • Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl: Policy Debates and Planning Solutions (PPD 619)
  • Community Development and Site Planning (PPD 623)
  • Geographic Information Systems for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 631)
  • Public Space: Theory, Policy and Design, 4 Units (PPDE 631)
  • Transportation and the Environment (PPD 692)

Gateway Course:

  • Shaping the Built Environment (PPD 644)

Concentration Methodology Course:

  • Design Skills for Urban Planners (PPD 627)