UrbanPlan is a project-based learning curriculum unit for high schools and universities. Bringing together disciplines such as economics, city government, real estate and urban planning, UrbanPlan engages students to consider the myriad of complex decisions that shape our built environment.
Through Education, We Can Create Better Communities
Outcomes: Students learn the essence of development: how the forces of our market economy clash and collaborate with the non-market forces of our representative democracy to create the built environment – providing the foundation required for any informed land use discussion.
High School Create a more sophisticated level of discourse at the local level, where land use decisions are really made, through the education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, colleagues & public officials.
University Create more sophisticated and effective land use professionals: developers, planners, architects, investors and policy makers entering the profession.
Target Audience: In a high school, the curriculum unit is best in high school economics classes with juniors and seniors. For universities, graduate students with a focus in land use: MBA, architecture, planning, and law.
Impact: UrbanPlan has reached more than 40,000 high school and university students across the country since 2003.
More ULI members, including trustees, governors and product council members, participate in UrbanPlan than any other national or local ULI program.
The UrbanPlan committee enables the success of the program by working closely with high school educators and universities, growing the volunteer base, and evaluating and improving the curriculum.