Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., has focused his research, teaching, and writing on the design and planning of the built environment and the related human and social consequences. In particular, he is interested in the political economy of urban development, and the effects of globalization in the transformation of urban form and urbanism from a comparative international perspective. His current research includes implementation of smart growth policies, converting brown fields to affordable housing, designing for residential density and walkable communities, and transit oriented development. Professor Banerjee’s previous areas of research and consulting have included comparative urbanism and urbanization, user perceptions of residential environments, spatial environment of adolescence, urban scale vulnerability of seismic damages, privatization of public life and space, transit corridor design and developments, and regional growth visioning processes. He served as associate dean of the former USC School of Urban and Regional Planning from 1982 to 1986, and as vice dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development from 1998 to 2001 (now the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy). He is principal investigator of USC’s Center for Economic Development and serves as the director of the Community Development and Design Forum. In addition to his work in the United States, his consulting, research, and teaching assignments have taken him to such countries as Bahrain, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. His publications include Beyond the Neighborhood Unit (with William C. Baer), City Sense and City design: Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch (co-edited with Michael Southworth), and Urban Design Downtown: Poetics and Politics of Form (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris). Professor Banerjee is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a member of the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), and is actively involved with the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).