PLAN 302 Fall 2011

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Course Description:
Neighborhood and Urban Analysis Studio. Collection, analysis, and communication of information for urban- and neighborhood-scale planning, including use and interpretation of published data sources, field surveys and inventories, and interviews. Prerequisite: PLAN 203.

Immersive Learning Project description:
The Whitely Neighborhood Action Plan (WNAP) is a citizen-generated policy regarding the future of the neighborhood, and contains initiatives that are developed by the residents of the neighborhood.  The WNAP falls under the umbrella of the Muncie Action Plan, which is a strategic guide for the city to create an action agenda for the future.  Also produced was the WNAP Handbook, a document to aid citizen planners when they begin to enact initiatives from the Action Plan.

Who was/is the community partner? Whitely Community Council

Location of community partner: Muncie, Indiana

What was the problem the group was asked to solve?  Create a neighborhood action plan for community partners in Whitely, Muncie.

List the student learning outcomes.

  1. Students will be able to inventory an urban neighborhood.
  2. Students will be able to identify issues in a neighborhood.
  3. Students will be able to perform a neighborhood survey.
  4. Students will be able to perform key person interviews.
  5. Students will be able to prepare a neighborhood plan.

Over the course of the semester, the students’ knowledge of planning grew to include such skills as public speaking, professional report writing, and survey creation.  They also discovered many sources of information that are helpful to community development including making connections with local organizations, researching grant opportunities, and the importance of establishing relationships within a community. An important take-away from the project is that students learned the interdependence of the built and social environments, a lesson that will stay with them for the rest of their professional career.

Read the action plan here and the citizen workbook here.

Read a Letter of Recommendation from our client.

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