USC Price School of Public Policy

Urban Planning

Renowned Faculty: Price faculty members are distinguished scholars who share a deep and abiding commitment and teaching. Our adjunct faculty members are drawn from the vast pool of professional urban planning talent available in the region and beyond. Read about our faculty scholarship and teaching, in their own words, in our Faculty Voice Series »


What is planning?

Half of humanity now lives in cities. Every problem that we care about – economic development, environmental sustainability, social justice, and democratic governance, to name a few – play out in urban areas. Planning is an inter-disciplinary field dedicated to systematic and creative approaches to improving communities and places. Planners focus on context. They use modern analysis, quantitative and qualitative, combined with participatory methods and theoretical acumen, to solve policy problems. Planners are generalists who value a deep understanding of communities. Planning is immersed in place and cognizant of the links between the character of neighborhoods and communities and quality of life.
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