Our primary goal is to give College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) students a series of viable learning experiences in urban planning and design, citizen participation methods, and neighborhood revitalization. This goal is based on the belief that students need a realistic and pragmatic understanding of these activities, which can be gained through their participation in a community-based, problem-focused, hands-on format. The second instructional goal of our program is to provide public education in environmental planning and design to both the public and private sectors. We do this so they may effectively participate in the decision-making process that is an integral component of creative problem solving.
This goal is based on the belief that an informed and educated public is the key to an effective participatory format for all community planning, revitalization, and development efforts. The development of communication techniques geared to increasing public awareness and facilitating a “take-part” process is an important focus on the program. The third goal of our program is to provide service in the form of technical assistance in urban planning and design matters to both the public and private sectors. This goal is based on the belief that responsible decisions concerning the future of Indiana's physical environment must be based on accurate, unbiased information and objective comparisons of alternative strategies and proposals. The fourth goal of our program is to promote applied research activities that focus on Indiana urban contexts—from inner-city neighborhoods to small rural towns. This research concerns itself with the methodologies used in the analysis, programming, planning, and design synthesis of urban environments and the teaching of professionals who will be involved in them.
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