11 City Planning

Better by Design? Architecture, Urban Planning, and the Good City

Though not a textbook, this open access book explores the intellectual roots of the design professions, showing how architects, planners, and other designers have traditionally interpreted their roles and implemented their ideas in cities across North America and the UK.

Nature of Geographic Information

The purpose of this text is to promote understanding of the Geographic Information Science and Technology enterprise.

Includes: Activities

Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

The goals of this textbook are to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information and presenting results.

Includes: Discussion questions, conceptual applications

Geographic Information System Basics

This book integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications.

Includes: Key takeaways, exercises

Introduction to Design Equity

This book maps design processes and products against equity research to highlight the pitfalls and potentials of design as a tool for building social justice. Reviews are available at the Open Textbook Library.

Traffic Flow Theory: An introduction with exercises

This book introduces traffic flow theory.

Includes: Problem sets and answers, Matlab code

Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management

The text draws examples and discusses a wide variety of infrastructure systems, including roadways, telecommunications, power generation, buildings and systems of infrastructure.

Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Problem assignments

Making A Middle Landscape

Today’s suburban metropolitan development of single-family homes, shopping centers, corporate offices, and roadway systems constitute what Peter Rowe calls a “middle landscape” between the city and the country. Looking closely at suburban America in terms of design and physical planning, Rowe builds a case for a new way of seeing and building suburbia – complete with theoretical underpinnings and a basis for design.

GIS & Data Visualization Workshops

This series of workshops for UM students and researchers cover GIS and data visualization topics.

Includes: Activities


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