Urban Design for Planners: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies


Urban Planners: Take a Leadership Role in Urban Design

Urban Design for Planners is for anyone with an interest in the built environment.

Designing a good community entails so much more than architecture. But too often architects lead the discussion on urban design. In her clarion call for real community-based urban design, Emily Talen challenges planners to reengage in urban design to ensure that it supports and promotes diverse, sustainable, vibrant, and equitable communities.

This book is a step-by-step guide to observing, analyzing, and designing civic minded, well-functioning, and pedestrian-oriented places. For planners to connect urban design to social objectives, they need the proper urban design tools, and this book provides them.

It is organized as an easy-to-use manual of 10 exercises that rely on three types of software: mapping/spatial analysis (GIS), 3-D modeling (SketchUp), and graphics.

Anyone with a little background in GIS and a few other user-friendly software programs can get up and running with the exercises in no time. The book also includes an extensive list of discussion questions and additional activities to help planners understand and execute urban design.

About the Author

Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her research is devoted to urban design and the relationship between the built environment and social equity. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also the instructor of Planetizen's AICP Exam Preparation Class and several videos for Planetizen Courses. Her next book, to be published in 2018, is called Neighborhood. She has a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Praise for Urban Design for Planners

“Ideas are nice. Implementation is nicer. Talen succeeds in taking theory to the streets (and cul-desac) with her focused and inspired toolkit.”

- Allison Arieff, “By Design” columnist, New York Times

Author: Emily Talen
PDF/Print version: Color
PDF Size: 12.2 MB
Pages: 140
ISBN: 978-0990616245

Available in print or PDF.