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The Affective Discourses of Eviction: Right to Counsel in New York City , Hadley Savana Bates (Thesis)

A Just Futures Framework: Insurgent Roller-Skating in Portland, Oregon , Célia Camile Beauchamp (Thesis)

Factors Affecting Community Rating System Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program: A Case Study of Texas , Ryan David Eddings (Dissertation)

LEED Buildings and Green Gentrification: Portland as a Case Study , Jordan Macintosh (Thesis)

Wasted Space , Ryan Martyn (Thesis)

The Use and Influence of Health Indicators in Municipal Transportation Plans , Kelly Christine Rodgers (Dissertation)

Defining Dementia-Friendly Communities From the Perspective of Those Affected , Iris Alexandra Wernher (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Heat, Wildfire and Energy Demand: An Examination of Residential Buildings and Community Equity , Chrissi Argyro Antonopoulos (Dissertation)

The Connections Between Innovation, Culture, and Expertise in Water Infrastructure Organizations , Alice Brawley-Chesworth (Dissertation)

The New Shiny Penny? Regenerative Agriculture Beliefs and Practices Among Portland's Urban Agriculturalists , Melia Ann Chase (Thesis)

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land: Dwelling and Residential Alienation in Santa Monica's Rent-Controlled Housing , Lauren E.M. Everett (Dissertation)

In Favor of Bringing Game Theory into Urban Studies and Planning Curriculum: Reintroducing an Underused Method for the Next Generation of Urban Scholars , Brian McDonald Gardner (Thesis)

Transportation Mode Choice Behavior in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles: The Application of Discrete Choice Modeling and Machine Learning , Sangwan Lee (Dissertation)

An Analysis of the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Tulsa Remote Program, As an Effective Economic Development Strategy , Kristen J. Padilla (Thesis)

Geographies of Urban Unsafety: Homeless Women, Mental Maps, and Isolation , Jan Radle Roberson (Dissertation)

The Impact of New Light Rail Service on Employment Growth in Portland, Oregon , Lahar Santra (Thesis)

Examining Emergency Citizen Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Emergent Groups Addressing Food Insecurity in Portland, Oregon , Aliza Ruth Tuttle (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Nature-Based Solutions in Environmental Planning: Ecosystem-Based Adaptations, Green Infrastructures, and Ecosystem Services to Promote Diversity in Urban Landscapes , Lorena Alves Carvalho Nascimento (Dissertation)

Gas Stations and the Wealth Divide: Analyzing Spatial Correlations Between Wealth and Fuel Branding , Jean-Carl Ende (Thesis)

'There are No Bathrooms Available!': How Older Adults Experiencing Houselessness Manage their Daily Activities , Ellis Jourdan Hews (Thesis)

The Mode Less Traveled: Exploring Bicyclist Identity in Portland, OR , Christopher Johnson (Thesis)

The Soniferous Experience of Public Space: A Soundscape Approach , Kenya DuBois Williams (Dissertation)

Short-term and Long-term Effects of New Light Rail Transit Service on Transit Ridership and Traffic Congestion at Two Geographical Levels , Huajie Yang (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Waste Management in the Global South: an Inquiry on the Patterns of Plastic and Waste Material Flows in Colombo, Sri Lanka , Katie Ann Conlon (Dissertation)

Unpacking the Process and Outcomes of Ethical Markets: a Focus on Certified B Corporations , Renée Bogin Curtis (Dissertation)

The Persistence of Indigenous Markets in Mexico's 'Supermarket Revolution' , Diana Christina Denham (Dissertation)

The Electronic Hardware Music Subculture in Portland, Oregon , James Andrew Hickey (Thesis)

"I Should Have Moved Somewhere Else": the Impacts of Gentrification on Transportation and Social Support for Black Working-Poor Families in Portland, Oregon , Steven Anthony Howland (Dissertation)

The Impacts of the Bicycle Network on Bicycling Activity: a Longitudinal Multi-City Approach , Wei Shi (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

"Poverty Wages Are Not Fresh, Local, or Sustainable": Building Worker Power by Organizing Around (Re)production in Portland's "Sustainable" Food Industry , Amy Katherine Rose Coplen (Dissertation)

Manufacturing in Place: Industrial Preservation in the US , Jamaal William Green (Dissertation)

Can Churches Change a Neighborhood? A Census Tract, Multilevel Analysis of Churches and Neighborhood Change , David E. Kresta (Dissertation)

An Examination of Non-waged Labor and Local Food Movement Growth in the Southern Appalachians , Amy Kathryn Marion (Thesis)

Making Imaginaries: Identity, Value, and Place in the Maker Movement in Detroit and Portland , Stephen Joseph Marotta (Dissertation)

Recognizing and Addressing Risk Ambiguity in Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning: a Case Study of Miami-Dade County, Florida , Mary Ann Rozance (Dissertation)

The Impact of Implementing Different Cordon Size Designs on Land Use Patterns in Portland, OR , Asia Spilotros (Dissertation)

Gentrification and Student Achievement: a Quantitative Analysis of Student Performance on Standardized Tests in Portland's Gentrifying Neighborhoods , Justin Joseph Ward (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Environmental Justice in Natural Disaster Mitigation Policy and Planning: a Case Study of Flood Risk Management in Johnson Creek, Portland, Oregon , Seong Yun Cho (Dissertation)

Our Town: Articulating Place Meanings and Attachments in St. Johns Using Resident-Employed Photography , Lauren Elizabeth Morrow Everett (Thesis)

Millennial Perceptions on Homeownership and Financial Planning Decisions , Margaret Ann Greenfield (Thesis)

Utilitarian Skateboarding: Insight into an Emergent Mode of Mobility , Michael Joseph Harpool (Thesis)

Consciousness Against Commodifcation: the Potential for a Radical Housing Movement in the Cully Neighborhood , Cameron Hart Herrington (Thesis)

News Work: the Impact of Corporate Newsroom Culture on News Workers & Community Reporting , Carey Lynne Higgins-Dobney (Dissertation)

Recent Advances in Activity-Based Travel Demand Models for Greater Flexibility , Kihong Kim (Dissertation)

An Analysis of the BizX Commercial Trade Exchange: the Attitudes and Motivations Behind Its Use , Ján André Montoya (Thesis)

Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Economic Development and Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam , Khanh Katherine Pham (Thesis)

Neighborhood Economic Impacts of Contemporary Art Centers , Steve Van Eck (Closed Thesis)

Urban Geocomputation: Two Studies on Urban Form and its Role in Altering Climate , Jackson Lee Voelkel (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Explaining Unequal Transportation Outcomes in a Gentrifying City: the Example of Portland, Oregon , Eugenio Arriaga Cordero (Dissertation)

Identifying Clusters of Non-Farm Activity within Exclusive Farm Use Zones in the Northern Willamette Valley , Nicholas Chun (Thesis)

Drivers' Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Bicyclists: Intermodal Interactions and Implications for Road Safety , Tara Beth Goddard (Dissertation)

Grassroots Resistance in the Sustainable City: Portland Harbor Superfund Site Contamination, Cleanup, and Collective Action , Erin Katherine Goodling (Dissertation)

Responsible Pet Ownership: Dog Parks and Demographic Change in Portland, Oregon , Matthew Harris (Thesis)

The Tension between Technocratic and Social Values in Environmental Decision-making: An'Yang Stream Restoration in South Korea , Chang-Yu Hong (Dissertation)

Regulating Pavement Dwellers: the Politics of the Visibly Poor in Public Space , Lauren Marie Larin (Dissertation)

Making Software, Making Regions: Labor Market Dualization, Segmentation, and Feminization in Austin, Portland and Seattle , Dillon Mahmoudi (Dissertation)

Knowing Nature in the City: Comparative Analysis of Knowledge Systems Challenges Along the 'Eco-Techno' Spectrum of Green Infrastructure in Portland & Baltimore , Annie Marissa Matsler (Dissertation)

Assessing the Impact of Land Use and Travel on Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Portland, Oregon , Zakari Mumuni (Thesis)

Trade-offs: the Production of Sustainability in Households , Kirstin Marie Elizabeth Munro (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Kazaks of Istanbul: A Case of Social Cohesion, Economic Breakdown and the Search for a Moral Economy , Daniel Marc Auger (Thesis)

Citizen-led Urban Agriculture and the Politics of Spatial Reappropriation in Montreal, Quebec , Claire Emmanuelle Bach (Thesis)

Travel Mode Choice Framework Incorporating Realistic Bike and Walk Routes , Joseph Broach (Dissertation)

Cyclist Path Choices Through Shared Space Intersections in England , Allison Boyce Duncan (Dissertation)

Star Academics: Do They Garner Increasing Returns? , James Jeffrey Kline (Dissertation)

Configuring the Urban Smart Grid: Transitions, Experimentation, and Governance , Anthony Michael Levenda (Dissertation)

The Effects of Frequency of Social Interaction, Social Cohesion, Age, and the Built Environment on Walking , Gretchen Allison Luhr (Dissertation)

The Village Market: New Columbia Goes Shopping for Food Justice , Jane Therese Waddell (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Developing Key Sustainability Competencies through Real-World Learning Experiences: Evaluating Community Environmental Services , Erin Lorene Anderson (Thesis)

Beyond Fruit: Examining Community in a Community Orchard , Emily Jane Becker (Thesis)

Challenges, Experiences, and Future Directions of Senior Centers Serving the Portland Metropolitan Area , Melissa Lynn Cannon (Dissertation)

Building Social Sustainability from the Ground Up: The Contested Social Dimension of Sustainability in Neighborhood-Scale Urban Regeneration in Portland, Copenhagen, and Nagoya , Jacklyn Nicole Kohon (Dissertation)

The Effects of Urban Containment Policies on Commuting Patterns , Sung Moon Kwon (Dissertation)

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Attitudes: An Exploration of a Landscape of Choices , Mersiha Spahic McClaren (Dissertation)

The Impact of Communication Impairments on the Social Relationships of Older Adults , Andrew Demetrius Palmer (Dissertation)

The Scales and Shapes of Queer Women's Geographies: Mapping Private, Public and Cyber Spaces in Portland, OR , Paola Renata Salda√Īa (Thesis)

Caring for the Land, Serving People: Creating a Multicultural Forest Service in the Civil Rights Era , Donna Lynn Sinclair (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Determinants of Recent Mover Non-work Travel Mode Choice , Arlie Steven Adkins (Dissertation)

Changing the Face of the Earth: The Morrison-­Knudsen Corporation as Partner to the U.S. Federal Government , Christopher S. Blanchard (Dissertation)

Participation, Information, Values, and Community Interests Within Health Impact Assessments , Nicole Iroz-Elardo (Dissertation)

The Objective vs. the Perceived Environment: What Matters for Active Travel , Liang Ma (Dissertation)

Implications of Local and Regional Food Systems: Toward a New Food Economy in Portland, Oregon , Michael Mercer Mertens (Dissertation)

Spirituality and Religion in Women's Leadership for Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions: The Case of Burma , Phyusin Myo Kyaw Myint (Dissertation)

Street Level Food Networks: Understanding Ethnic Food Cart Supply Chains in Eastern Portland, OR , Alexander G. Novie (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Diffusion of Energy Efficient Technology in Commercial Buildings: An Analysis of the Commercial Building Partnerships Program , Chrissi Argyro Antonopoulos (Thesis)

Faulty Measurements and Shaky Tools: An Exploration into Hazus and the Seismic Vulnerabilities of Portland, OR , Brittany Ann Brannon (Thesis)

Sustainable, Affordable Housing for Older Adults: A Case Study of Factors that Affect Development in Portland, Oregon , Alan Kenneth DeLaTorre (Dissertation)

The Historical, Political, Social, and Individual Factors That Have Influenced the Development of Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Options Counseling , Sheryl DeJoy Elliott (Thesis)

Neighborhood Identity and Sustainability: A Comparison Study of Two Neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon , Zachary Lawrence Hathaway (Thesis)

Neighborhood Commercial Corridor Change: Portland, Oregon 1990-2010 , Kelly Ann Howsley-Glover (Dissertation)

Public Space and Urban Life: A Spatial Ethnography of a Portland Plaza , Katrina Leigh Johnston (Thesis)

Green Mind Gray Yard: Micro Scale Assessment of Ecosystem Services , Erin Jolene Kirkpatrick (Thesis)

The Impacts of Urban Renewal: The Residents' Experiences in Qianmen, Beijing, China , Yongxia Kou (Dissertation)

The Dynamics of Creating Strong Democracy in Portland, Oregon : 1974 to 2013 , Paul Roland Leistner (Dissertation)

Neighboring in Strip City: A Situational Analysis of Strip Clubs, Land Use Conflict, and Occupational Health in Portland, Oregon , Moriah McSharry McGrath (Dissertation)

Bicycle Traffic Count Factoring: An Examination of National, State and Locally Derived Daily Extrapolation Factors , Josh Frank Roll (Thesis)

Forming a New Art in the Pacific Northwest: Studio Glass in the Puget Sound Region, 1970-2003 , Marianne Ryder (Dissertation)

Peak of the Day or the Daily Grind: Commuting and Subjective Well-Being , Oliver Blair Smith (Dissertation)

The Metropolitan Dimensions of United States Immigration Policy: A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis , Nicole G. Toussaint (Dissertation)

The View from the Table: An Analysis of Participant Reactions to Community-Based Dialogues on Food and Justice , Jennifer Turner (Thesis)

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Queer Localization in the Age of Anita Bryant, 1974-1980 , Stewart John Van Cleve (Thesis)

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Urban planning is an essential tool in creating vibrant and healthy communities. It is the practice of balancing the needs of a society with limited resources to ensure equitable development and long-term sustainability. Urban planners work at all scales, from local communities to global initiatives, helping to shape cities, regions and even entire countries.

At its core, urban planning focuses on improving the quality of life through efficient use of land, transportation networks and public services such as education and healthcare facilities.

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Choosing a dissertation topic for urban planning can be one of the most challenging and rewarding. It’s essential for students to take the time to carefully research and assess different topics, as this will form the basis for their entire dissertation project.

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  • Chinese urban planning at fifty: an assessment of the planning theory literature
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  • The value of community informatics to participatory urban planning and design: a case study in Helsinki
  • Urban planning and development in Tehran
  • Application of system dynamics model as a decision-making tool in urban planning process toward stabilising carbon dioxide emissions from cities
  • Property, politics, and urban planning: a history of Australian city planning, 1890-1990
  • The making of urban America: a history of city planning in the United States
  • Slope instability in static and dynamic conditions for urban planning: the ‘Oltre Po Pavese’case history (Regione Lombardia‚ÄďItaly)
  • The impact of sanitary reform upon American urban planning, 1840-1890
  • ¬†The capital of Europe: Architecture and urban planning for the European Union
  • Settlement history and urban planning at Zincirli H√∂y√ľk, southern Turkey
  • Urban transportation planning in the United States: history, policy, and practice
  • Beyond the colonial city: Re-evaluating the urban history of India, ca. 1920‚Äď1970
  • Shadows of planning: on landscape/planning history and inherited landscape ambiguities at the urban fringe
  • White cities, linguistic turns, and Disneylands: The new paradigms of urban history
  • Analysis of problems in urban green space system planning in China
  • Lagos (Nigeria) flooding and influence of urban planning
  • Reusing organic solid waste in urban farming in African cities: A challenge for urban planners
  • An assessment of public participation GIS and Web 2.0 technologies in urban planning practice in Canela, Brazil
  • City of change and challenge: Urban planning and regeneration in Liverpool
  • Urban planning in Russia: towards the market

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  • US Urbanization and Migration Trends at the End of the 19th Century It discussed the factors leading to successful urbanization, the challenges of urban life, and the effects this trend caused on the history of the state and its further development.
  • Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges of Urbanization in Lagos However, the city’s rapid economic growth has led to high population density due to urbanization, creating social, economic, and environmental challenges the challenges include poverty, unemployment, sanitation, poor and inadequate transport infrastructure, congestion in the […]
  • Urbanization and Technological Development in Third-World Countries Extensive consolidation is necessary to get rid of poverty and improve the internal situation in third-world countries. It is essential to establish cooperation in all spheres of human life and competently use the resources of […]
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FacebookXEmailWhatsAppRedditPinterestLinkedInGreetings! We are pleased to offer a valuable resource for students venturing into the fascinating world of urban planning research. Our comprehensive list of research topics in urban planning is designed to guide and inspire those pursuing undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees on their academic journey. Urban planning is a dynamic field that shapes the […]

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Greetings! We are pleased to offer a valuable resource for students venturing into the fascinating world of urban planning research. Our comprehensive list of research topics in urban planning is designed to guide and inspire those pursuing undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees on their academic journey.

Urban planning is a dynamic field that shapes the future of cities and communities, addressing critical issues such as sustainable development, transportation, housing, and public spaces. Dive into our curated selection of compelling research topics and discover avenues for exploring the intricate balance between functionality, aesthetics, and the well-being of urban dwellers. Your thesis or dissertation journey starts here, where endless possibilities await your exploration in the exciting world of urban planning.

A List Of Potential Research Topics In Urban Planning:

  • Evolving retail and commercial spaces: urban planning strategies for supporting local businesses and redefining retail districts.
  • Community-based disaster risk reduction in urban slums.
  • Urban green spaces and mental well-being: assessing the role of parks and nature in urban resilience.
  • The role of artificial intelligence in future urban planning.
  • Urban heat island mitigation through green roofs and cool pavements.
  • Reducing urban waste generation: policies and practices.
  • E-governance and citizen engagement in urban planning processes.
  • The role of green infrastructure in urban resilience: a case study of a metropolis.
  • Urban traffic congestion management and sustainable transport.
  • The pedestrianization of city centres: the transformation of Cardiff’s urban space.
  • Sustainable water management in urban areas: balancing supply and demand.
  • Enhancing public spaces for social interaction and community engagement.
  • Integrating digital marketing strategies in urban planning: enhancing community engagement, accessibility, and sustainable development.
  • Urban renewal and preservation of historic architecture.
  • Urban green infrastructure planning for climate adaptation.
  • The revitalization of urban waterfronts: lessons from global cities.
  • The effects of air pollution on urban health and well-being.
  • Urban land use planning for disaster risk reduction.
  • Innovative approaches to affordable housing in high-density cities.
  • Community engagement in urban development: a review of participatory approaches and their outcomes.
  • Urban crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).
  • Promoting active transportation in Bristol: analyzing the impact of cycling infrastructure.
  • The impact of Airbnb on housing affordability in urban centres.
  • Revitalizing urban waterfronts for recreational and economic benefits.
  • Remote work and urban planning: impacts on urban design, land use, and transportation patterns.
  • Transit-oriented development and sustainable urban mobility.
  • Mixed-use development and creating vibrant urban centres.
  • Urban transport equity and accessibility for vulnerable populations.
  • The role of urban parks and open spaces in enhancing the quality of life.
  • Urbanization and urban agriculture: balancing food production and urban growth.
  • The revitalization of historic districts in Edinburgh: balancing preservation and development.
  • Urban planning for informal settlement upgrading.
  • Smart cities and urban planning: a literature review of technology integration and sustainable development.
  • Adaptive urban planning for sea-level rise and coastal erosion.
  • Digital urban infrastructure: harnessing technology for smart cities and efficient service delivery.
  • Urbanization and water scarcity: innovations in water resource management.
  • Inclusive urban design for people with disabilities.
  • Affordable housing policies in urban planning: a comparative review of international best practices.
  • Participatory urban planning: engaging communities in decision-making.
  • Urban gentrification and its socioeconomic implications.
  • Housing affordability strategies for growing urban populations.
  • Synergy of architecture and urban planning: designing sustainable and livable urban spaces.
  • Revitalization of abandoned urban areas: strategies and case studies.
  • Sustainable tourism planning in coastal cities: the case of Brighton and Hove.
  • Historic preservation and cultural heritage in urban planning: lessons from global case studies.
  • Urban green spaces and health: an integrated review of research on the benefits of accessible natural areas.
  • Post-industrial urban redevelopment in Sheffield: challenges and successes.
  • Transportation planning and traffic management: a critical review of approaches to alleviate urban congestion.
  • Resilient urban health infrastructure: strategies for enhancing public health preparedness and healthcare delivery.
  • Urban agriculture and urban planning integration for sustainability.
  • Urbanization and its impact on biodiversity conservation.
  • Innovative approaches to sustainable urban mobility.
  • The circular economy and its application in urban development.
  • Urban resilience and climate adaptation: a review of strategies for building sustainable and disaster-resistant cities.
  • Promoting walkability and active transportation in urban neighbourhoods.
  • Urban food security: strategies for sustainable local food systems.
  • Smart cities and the integration of IoT in urban planning.
  • Adapting urban mobility to post-pandemic realities: exploring sustainable transportation solutions in a changed urban landscape.
  • Equitable access to urban services: addressing disparities exposed by the pandemic in housing, healthcare, and education.
  • Urban design principles for age-friendly cities.
  • Urban noise pollution control and mitigation measures.
  • Mixed-use development projects: a critical review of design principles and economic impacts.
  • Urban disaster preparedness and resilience strategies.
  • Urban development and socioeconomic inequalities: a case study.
  • Post-pandemic urban regeneration: revitalizing depleted urban areas through innovative planning and development.
  • Urban resilience and adaptive governance: lessons from COVID-19 for building resilient cities.
  • Public space design and social interaction: a review of urban planning strategies in diverse communities.
  • Reimagining public spaces for social distancing: redesigning urban parks, plazas, and streetscapes.
  • A comprehensive review of gentrification and urban regeneration: analyzing the effects and equity considerations.
  • The role of arts and culture in revitalizing urban spaces.
  • Transforming brownfields into sustainable urban spaces: challenges and opportunities.
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) for flood control.
  • Urban air quality management and pollution control.
  • Urban informality and slum upgrading initiatives.
  • Green infrastructure implementation in Birmingham: enhancing urban resilience and biodiversity.
  • Gender-inclusive urban planning: creating safe and accessible spaces.
  • Resilient urban infrastructure in the face of climate change.
  • Adaptive reuse of industrial heritage sites for cultural and economic regeneration.
  • Urban greenways and their contribution to sustainable cities.
  • Affordable housing policies and strategies in urban planning.

In conclusion, this curated list of urban planning research topics offers valuable directions for students at all academic levels. From sustainability to social dynamics, these topics provide a roadmap to explore the complexities of urban development. Whether pursuing an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree, engaging with these subjects contributes to shaping the future of our cities and communities, enriching both academic discourse and real-world urban environments.

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McElroy, Stephen Arlo. "Urban primacy and deconcentrated development in Peru." Thesis, The University of Arizona, 1994. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/291588.

Orchard, Lionel. "Whitlam and the cities : urban and regional policy and social democratic reform." Title page, table of contents and abstract only, 1987. http://web4.library.adelaide.edu.au/theses/09PH/09pho641.pdf.

Hendricks, Christopher E. "The Planning and Development of Two Moravian Congregation Towns: Salem, North Carolina and Gracehill, Northern Ireland." W&M ScholarWorks, 1987. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/etd/1539625413.

Simpson, Donald E. "Civic Center and Cultural Center| The Grouping of Public Buildings in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit and the Emergence of the City Monumental in the Modern Metropolis." Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 2013. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=3573264.

The grouping of public buildings into civic centers and cultural centers became an obsession of American city planners at the turn of the twentieth century. Following European and ancient models, and inspired by the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and the McMillan Commission plan for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1901, architects sought to create impressive horizontal ensembles of monumental buildings in urban open spaces such as downtown plazas and quasi-suburban parks in direct opposition to the vertical thrust of commercial skyscrapers. Hitherto viewed largely through the narrow stylistic prism of the City Beautiful vs. the city practical movements, the monumental center (as Jane Jacobs termed it) continued to persist beyond the passing of neoclassicism and the rise of high modernism, thriving as an indispensable motif of futurist aspiration in the era of comprehensive and regional planning, as municipalities sought to counteract the decentralizing pull of the automobile, freeway, air travel and suburban sprawl in postwar America. The administrative civic center and arts and educational cultural center (bolstered by that icon of late urban modernity, the medical center) in turn spawned a new hybrid, the center for the performing arts, exemplified by Lincoln Center and the National Cultural Center (the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), as cities sought to integrate convention, sports, and live performance venues into inner-city urban renewal projects. Through the key case studies of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit, one-time juggernauts of heavy industry and twenty-first century regions of rust-belt collapse, this study examines the emergence of the ideology of grouping public buildings in urban planning as well as the nineteenth century philology of the keywords civic center and cultural center, terms once actively employed in discourses as diverse as Swiss geography, American anthropology, Social Christianity, the schoolhouse social center movement, and cultural Zionism. It also positions these developments in relation to modern anxieties about the center and its loss, charted by such thinkers as Hans Sedlmayr, Jacques Derrida, and Henri Lefevbre, and considers the contested utopian aspirations of the monumental center as New Jerusalem, Celestial City, and Shining City on a Hill.

Munroe, Steven G. "Examining the impact of public and private sector transportation linkages as a catalyst for economic development in Portland, Maine." Manhattan, Kan. : Kansas State University, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1327.

Page, Colby Thomas. "Regional Inequality in Health Care and Pollution in Urban China| An Assessment of Spatial Inequities in the Context of Chinese Economic History and Economic Development Thought." Thesis, The University of Utah, 2019. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=10621974.

Since the late 1970s, economic growth in developing countries has followed a pattern of privatization, liberalization, marketization, and a focus on economic development over human development. Postreform China has followed this pattern while at the same time maintaining several top-down strategies. Both phenomena have profoundly impacted spatial patterns of human development in the country.

This paper seeks to assess China’s spatial inequities in its availability of healthcare and exposure to air pollution, in the context of China’s economic history, and the history of economic development thought that influenced China’s transition into the modern world economy. This paper will rely on prefecture level data in 2005 and 2012 to analyze spatial inequities. A thorough historical and theoretical review is provided that is an attributed cause of spatial patterns—this highlights the importance of providing context in regional studies and in assessing factors in human development, in addition to economic factors, which are often not incorporated in other regional studies. The spatial analysis identifies inner China as experiencing the worst patterns of high pollution and low access to healthcare, relative to the rest of China, indicating a critical need for future policy to address.

Grimaldi, Jordan. "The Living Community Challenge: An unCase Study in Biophilic Master Planning." Scholarship @ Claremont, 2020. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/pomona_theses/219.

Lundergan, Ryan W. "Parking regulation strategies and policies to support transit-oriented development." Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009. http://scholarworks.umass.edu/theses/365/.

DeCort, Amanda J. "A Preservation Plan for the Fairfield Avenue Historic District in Bellevue, Kentucky." University of Cincinnati / OhioLINK, 2004. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1086102239.

Simon, James-Eric H. "Urban Hydraulic Rhizome: Water, Space, and the City in 20th Century North Texas." Thesis, University of North Texas, 2017. https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc984269/.

Jaramillo, Jaime Marie. "THE CITY OF MILPITAS HISTORIC GATEWAY BACKGROUND REPORT AND DESIGN GUIDELINES." DigitalCommons@CalPoly, 2015. https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses/1468.

Westlund, Hans. "Kommunikationer, tillgänglighet, omvandling : en studie av samspelet mellan kommunikationsnät och näringsstruktur i Sveriges mellanstora städer 1850-1970." Doctoral thesis, Umeå universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk historia, 1992. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67928.

Eck, Bryan D. "A CASE OF RECLAMING RUIN: BEYOND THE HYPE & HYPERBOLE OF NEW YORK’S HIGH LINE." DigitalCommons@CalPoly, 2011. https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses/568.


Greer, Mackenzie M. "Modes, Means and Measures: Adapting Sustainability Indicators to Assess Preservation Activity's Impact on Community Equity." Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009. http://scholarworks.umass.edu/theses/277/.

Louderman, James Richard. "No Place for Middlemen| Civic Culture, Downtown Environment, and the Carroll Public Market during the Modernization of Portland, Oregon." Thesis, Portland State University, 2013. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=1541723.

Following the Civil War, the American government greatly expanded the opportunities available for private businessmen and investors in an effort to rapidly colonize the West. This expansion of private commerce led to the second industrial revolution in which railroads and the corporation became the symbols and tools of a rapidly modernizing nation. It was also during this period that the responsibility of food distribution was released from municipal accountability and institutions like public markets began to fade from the American urbanscape. While the proliferation of private grocers greatly aided many metropolises' rapid growth, they did little to secure a sustainable and desirable form of food distribution. During the decades before and after the turn of the century, public market campaigns began to develop in response to the widespread abandonment of municipal food distribution.

Like many western cities, Portland, Oregon matured during the second half of the nineteenth century and lacked the historical and social precedent for the construction of a public market. Between 1851 and 1914, residents of Portland and its agricultural hinterland fought for the construction of a municipally-owned public market rallying against the perceived harmful and growing influences of middlemen. As a result of their efforts, the Carroll Public Market was founded on the curbsides of Yamhill Street in downtown Portland. While success encouraged multiple expansions and an increasingly supportive consumer base, a growing commitment to modernist planning among city officials and the spread of automobile ownership determined the market to be incompatible with the commercial future of Portland.

In an effort to acknowledge and capitalize on the Carroll Public Market's community, a group of investors, incorporated as the Portland Market Company, worked with city officials between 1926 and 1934 to create the largest public market in the United States, the Portland Public Market. As the first building of the newly constructed waterfront development, many believed the massive institution would reinvigorate nearby businesses and ultimately influence the potential of the downtown business district. The Portland Public Market was decidedly distinct from the market along Yamhill and the promoters cast it as such. By utilizing the most modern technologies and promises of convenience there was little that the two organizations shared in common. In the end, the potential of the waterfront market was never fulfilled and amidst legal scandals, an ongoing struggle to meet operating costs, and the success of a rebellious Farmers Cooperative, it shut down after nine years.

This thesis discusses these two public markets during a period of changing consumer interests and the rise of modernist planning in Portland, Oregon. Ultimately, the Carroll Public Market was torn down for reasons beyond its own control despite the comfortable profit it enjoyed each year. Many city officials refused to support the institution as they increasingly supported the values of modernism and urban planning. The Portland Public Market fit perfectly with many city planners' and private investors' intents for the future. This essay seeks to offer a unique glimpse of how commercial communities form and how commercial environments evolve through the politics of food distribution, consumerism, and producer-to-consumer relationships.

Janak, Haidee N. "Three State-run Green Building Programs: A Comparative Case Study Analysis and Assessment." Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009. http://scholarworks.umass.edu/theses/337/.

Emond, Matthew W. "Endogenous Process & Designing Through Change." Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009. https://scholarworks.umass.edu/theses/300.

ŇĹ√°ńćkov√°, Mark√©ta. "Historie a ńćinnost urbanistick√©ho pracoviŇ°tńõ V√Ĺzkumn√©ho √ļstavu v√Ĺstavby a architektury v Brnńõ." Doctoral thesis, Vysok√© uńćen√≠ technick√© v Brnńõ. Fakulta architektury, 2014. http://www.nusl.cz/ntk/nusl-233262.

Linneker, Brian. "Road transport infrastructure and regional economic development : the regional economic development effects of the M25 London orbital motorway." Thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London), 1991. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.389662.

Zlaoui, Leila. "Regional development in Morocco : policies and financial flows." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/78974.

Ichsan, M. Fauzi (Mohamed Fauzi). "Financing urban and regional infrastructure in Indonesia : options for restructuring the Regional Development Account (RDA)." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/67435.

Sining, Zhang. "Urban green infrastructure: sustainable regional development based on landscape services." Doctoral thesis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10803/667746.

Weaver, Andrew 1968. "Venture capital investment patterns : implications for regional economic development." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/70866.

Chan, Roger C. K. "Regional planning and national development strategies in China." Thesis, University of Oxford, 1989. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.303978.

Stobart, Jon. "The urban system in the regional economy of North West England, 1700-1760." Thesis, University of Oxford, 1992. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.356990.

Juleff, Linda E. "Advanced producer services and urban growth." Thesis, Sheffield Hallam University, 1989. http://shura.shu.ac.uk/19889/.

Flood, Gerard J. (Gerard Joseph) 1960. "Transportation choices and regional development in the Pearl River Delta." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/66394.

Ho√ĆňÜltgen, Daniel Godfrey. "Intermodal logistics centres, European combined transport and regional development." Thesis, University of Cambridge, 1995. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.243005.

Gentle, Christopher J. S. "The financial services industry : corporate reorganisation and urban and regional development." Thesis, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1992. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.316235.

McKinley, Rachel. "Projective Transformations: Balancing Urban Development with Regional Character in South Korea." The Ohio State University, 2014. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1398967628.

Piro, Roxie Eugene. "Growth management in an urban regional context : the contemporary transformation of regional development planning from a governance perspective /." Thesis, Connect to this title online; UW restricted, 1993. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/10813.

Matina, Annemarie. "HIV/AIDS in South Africa : responsible and proactive urban development planning." Master's thesis, University of Cape Town, 2003. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/11551.

Merch√°n, Guerrero Olga Marina 1968. "Assessing the effects of violence on regional economic development in Colombia." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68816.

Humphreys, Ian Michael. "Regional airport development : a case study of Cardiff-Wales airport." Thesis, Cardiff University, 1994. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.281958.


Molgat, Louis. "Engineering for sustainable development : development of a protocol." Thesis, McGill University, 1996. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=27244.

Nairn, A. G. M. "The impact of investment on regional development : Comparative case studies on Clydeside." Thesis, University of Strathclyde, 1985. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.381108.

Binckes, Graeme D. "A development plan for the amenities of the Cape Town Metropolitan Region." Thesis, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/33403.

Van, Pelt Tom Gregory. "University Square Development Proposal." DigitalCommons@CalPoly, 2014. https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses/1275.

Paul, John David. "Mixed-use development as a strategy for urban growth, development and planning." Thesis, Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001. http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/52340.

Anderson, John Stewart 1957. "Sustainable development and the Sonoran Desert biospheres." Thesis, The University of Arizona, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/278619.

Searson, Aaron. "THE PROSPECT FOR COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTION INTO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY FOR LOW-SKILLED URBAN POPULATIONS." Master's thesis, Temple University Libraries, 2009. http://cdm16002.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p245801coll10/id/69878.

Panneerselvam, A. "Role of small towns and intermediate cities in regional development in India." Thesis, University of Sheffield, 1996. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.388736.

Wight, John Bradford. "The territory/function dialectic : a social learning paradigm of regional development planning." Thesis, University of Aberdeen, 1985. http://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?func=search-advanced-go&find_code1=WSN&request1=AAIU361633.

Bueno, Alex. "Media Consume Tokyo: Television and Urban Place Since the Bubble." Thesis, Harvard University, 2016. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:33493298.

Crawford, Christina Elizabeth. "The Socialist Settlement Experiment: Soviet Urban Praxis, 1917-1932." Thesis, Harvard University, 2016. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:33493266.

Svirplys, Saulius. ""Creeping diversity": Housing design in Bramalea, Canada's first suburban satellite city." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/27488.

Nucaro, Margaret Teresa 1954. "An examination of the relationship between landscape architecture and painting in England during the 18th and 19th centuries." Thesis, The University of Arizona, 1994. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/291840.

BYELYAYEV, OLEG V. "CARGO-BASED AIRPORT AS A NODAL POINT FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT." University of Cincinnati / OhioLINK, 2002. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1021937110.

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In the field of Planning, each student is required to undertake a research project (thesis) as per his/ her interest subjects relevant to the field in the final semester. It basically gives an opportunity to the students to put their learning of previous semesters together. It also gives an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired by applying it for strategy formulation for a live planning challenge.

Each student is allocated individual thesis supervisor or a guide along with a co-guide who guide the students through this thesis semester. During this period, the thesis is monitored continuously and periodically through internal marked reviews to check the consistency of the work. The final output is in the form of submission of a detailed report along with drawing/ visuals presented on sheets which is presented to an external jury panel consisting of experts from the relevant field.

Urban Planning

Urban Planning is a technical and political process concerned with development of open land or greenfield sites as well as revitalization of existing parts of the city. Primary concern of urban planning is public welfare.

  • Impact of government policies and initiatives (most recent) on urban land use
  • Quality of life assessment in residential areas
  • Role of urban local bodies (ULBs) in urban governance
  • Socio-economic impact assessment of metro rail
  • Evolving a mechanism for public participation in urban planning and implementation
  • Impact of urbanization on land use in the rural-urban fringe
  • Implications of airport expansion on the surrounding areas
  • Role of International aid in urban poverty alleviation
  • Planning implications of highway corridor on settlement pattern
  • Impact of urban expansion on small towns
  • Assessing linkage between the parent city and satellite town
  • Changes in building bye-laws and its implications on urban development
  • Planning for sustainable neighbourhood
  • Assessing the liveability in the residential areas of IT parks
  • Impact of urban sprawl on provision of public services

GIS in urban planning enables spatial analysis, modelling and data visualization which can contribute to a variety of important urban planning tasks. These tasks include land suitability analysis, site selection, land use and transport modelling, impact assessments etc.

  • GIS modelling of Land Information System
  • Urban Growth Modelling in GIS
  • Urban Sprawl Pattern analysis using GIS
  • Role of GIS in revenue improvement
  • Municipal Information System using GIS in Property Tax Management
  • Application of GIS for property tax
  • Geo-Spatial Information System Based Model for Micro-Level Planning
  • Integration of land records to GIS, a model for municipal application
  • Application of GIS Technology in Watershed management
  • Use of the Geo-Informatics in land suitability analysis for Industrial Development
  • Integrated public transportation systems using GIS

Cities and tourist movement have both historical and dynamic relationship. Urban places often act as major attractions and serve as gateways to or staging areas for tourism. Tourism is at the heart of many cities’ development projects. Tourism is a major driving force in the development and stimulator of a new urbanity in metropolises and cities.

  • Tourism Potentiality of pilgrim centres
  • Impact of tourism on district development
  • Eco-Tourism development strategies for Coastal Town
  • Impact of Ecotourism on Local Community
  • Impact of tourism on the development of Local Areas
  • Planning for tourism circuit
  • Potential of Urban Wetlands for Ecotourism Development
  • Impact of Religious Tourism in Regional Development
  • Tourism Development Plan for Inter State Border Conflict areas
  • Spatiotemporal movement patterns of international tourists
  • Water tourism: An Exploration of the Role of Inland Water Transport in Tourism Development
  • Potential of Community based Ecotourism
  • Strategies for Heritage Tourism Development
  • Strategies for Ecotourism Development
  • Impact of Tourism on Rural Livelihood

Urban Finance

Cities are growing at a remarkable rate and will continue to expand more. Planning urbanization in advance in conjunction with urban finance for implementation will help cities avoid unplanned and informal growth. When investment in cities is guided by good planning principles, it unlocks the potential for growth making sustainable development attainable.

  • Municipal Bonds ‚Äď An alternate source of Funding Infrastructure Projects
  • Evaluation Study of Methods for Property Tax Assessment
  • Revenue mobilization for urban local bodies through Asset Management
  • Evaluation of Economic value and funding mechanisms of Parks
  • Financial Appraisal of property development and advertisement of Metro rail
  • Sustainable Financial strategy for implementation of the General Town Planning Scheme
  • Assessment of Property Tax Management System
  • Using Public Land as a tool to generate Municipal Finance
  • Infrastructure Financing through Tax increment Financing

Environment Planning

Environmental issues arise and exist in almost all sectors where development is involved. Environmental Planning helps in making decisions about the natural environment, public health and the built environment.

  • Environmental issues in the transformation of urban fringe
  • Environmental implications of Solid waste management in hilly areas
  • Conflict of drivers of ecosystem change on wetlands
  • Impact of urban flood vulnerability on the mobility of the urban poor
  • Adaptation of neighbourhood planning for climate change
  • Potential for green and blue infrastructure towards climate responsive planning
  • Planning for a low carbon neighbourhood
  • Community based disaster management
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment of settlements prone to tropical cyclone
  • Impact of spatial expansion of city over urban green spaces
  • Estimating the economic cost of environmental degradation of an industrial area
  • Impact of sea level rise on development in metropolitan regions

Since the Industrial Revolution, cities and industries have evolved together. There exist various industrial towns which have grown around factories and expanding industries.

  • Impact of industries on a fringe town
  • Role of Agro-based industries in regional development
  • Impact of industrialization on Tribal areas
  • Development implications of SEZ: An evaluation of policies and programs
  • Eco industrial Estate Planning
  • Industrialization and Unplanned development
  • Industry-led regional transformation
  • Industrial development and intra-regional disparities
  • Industrial Development induced displacement and resettlement strategies
  • Socio-economic impacts of Industrial Development
  • Impact of Industrial Development in a Backward region
  • Planning interventions to address industrial disparity
  • Impact of Micro, small and medium scale enterprises on regional development
  • Potential of resource-based industry in the regional economic development
  • Development constraints of an Industrial cluster in a city

Informal Sector

Cities with rapid urbanization usually face a problem with the informal sector. Businesses that the informal sector comprises of generally operate on the streets and public places and are often seen as eye-sores. So, conflicts arise between urban authorities who try to keep their cities clean and the urban informal sector operators who need space for their activities.

  • Planning for Spatial integration of the street vendor activities around the temple area
  • Informal sector and its implications in the structure of the city and economy
  • Creating Public spaces through Placemaking by street vending as a tool
  • Evaluation of the national policy on urban street vendors
  • Assessment of participatory approaches for Planning of Hawker‚Äôs Space
  • Assessing impact of pedestrians on the livelihood of Street Vendors
  • Integrating working and living space of street vendors

Slum/ Informal settlements

Existence of informal settlements in the urban areas is a challenging issue in urban planning. It is short-sighted and unsustainable to ignore the challenge of slums considering the large scale of slums and the number of people they house.

  • Security and slum vulnerability towards eviction
  • Transfer of Development rights as a tool for Rehabilitation of slums
  • Prioritization model for slum performance assessment
  • Tackling large agglomerations of slum areas
  • Imageability assessment of slums
  • Evaluation of weaker sections housing programs in urban areas
  • An evaluation of the Slum Improvement Project
  • Re-Development strategies for slums
  • Forward and Backward linkages of Migrants
  • Composite Vulnerability assessment of slums
  • The vulnerability of slums to livelihood security
  • Impact of residential relocation on livelihood of slum dwellers
  • Formulation of Methodology for delisting of slums
  • Street led approach for development of slums
  • Impact of perceived tenure security on slum consolidation

Housing and Real Estate

Housing is considered to be a basic human requirement of any civilized society. In order to ensure planned development of urban areas and create an enabling environment, it is important to provide affordable housing.

  • Foreign Direct Investment in real estates of suburban
  • Role of private builders in housing
  • An exploratory study of residential satisfaction and acceptance levels in public housing schemes
  • Influence of development policies on real estate market in metro areas
  • Housing preferences of IT industries: Affordability and Proximity
  • Global financial crisis and its impact on the housing sector
  • Critical evaluation of affordable housing and assessment of public and private sector agencies
  • Role of real estate agencies in urban housing development
  • Role of NGOs in urban Housing for the poor
  • Self-built housing for urban poor
  • Impact of multinational companies on real estate
  • Assessment of real estate regulatory bill for housing design
  • Role of community in financing housing infrastructure in informal settlement
  • The changing pattern of real estate in periphery areas

Inclusive Planning

Inclusive planning implies involving a fair representation of citizens providing meaningful and educated input where planners advocate for greater equity in public policies that address multiple objectives of urban planning.

  • Evaluation of pedestrian accessibility measures in neighbourhoods for the elderly
  • Inclusive neighbourhood for children
  • Planning and designing accessible public spaces for differently abled
  • Appropriateness of functionality of public spaces for the elderly
  • Integrating child-friendly cities concept into urban planning

Transport Planning

Transport Planning is required for the operation, provision and management of facilities and services for the modes of transport. It is the process of preparing policies, goals and spatial planning designs to prepare for the future needs.

  • Effect of passenger information system (PIS) on public transit ridership
  • Planning for pedestrianization of the core area
  • Concept of BRT-Strategies for Indian cities
  • Impact of IT services on public transportation
  • Traffic management plan for railway station area
  • Study of major traffic bottlenecks
  • Planning for vehicular parking in city central area
  • Role of cycle rickshaw as a feeder system to MRTS
  • Job-Housing balance as a tool to tackle traffic congestion
  • Improving the road freight movement through route optimization
  • Exploring the use of tramways as a parallel mode of public transportation
  • Urban Planning Thesis/ Research Topic Suggestions (Part 2)
  • Getting started with Thesis Writing
  • ‚ÄėPreferable‚Äô Thesis Tenure Working for Students of ‚ÄėBachelor of Planning‚Äô
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Best thesis topics for Urban Planning

Once you enter the final year of your postgraduate study in urban design. Each student’s postgraduate architecture thesis project is a chance to demonstrate their creativity and ability. We’ve compiled a list of Best thesis topics for Urban Planning and design to assist you in choosing a topic for your research project. This section contains the best and most relevant topics related to urban design projects for your knowledge and understanding of new trends in urban design.

Urban design thesis topics list:

  • Urban aesthetics and new trends in urban design
  • Eco-friendly development.
  • 3D Pedestrian Flow Modeling.
  • Sensing, Monitoring, Modeling and Adapting the Urban Micro Climate.
  • Deconstructing Eisenman: Cultural presemantic theory and social realism
  • Modern and historical landscapes.
  • Discourses of Futility: Expressionism in the works of Archigram.
  • Sub dialectic desemanticism and constructivism in the works.
  • Sub constructivism and De-objectivism: Crucifying the cross.

Best thesis topics for Urban Planning

Source:  Architecture renewal in relationship to public space as a catalyst for urban regeneration :: Future Architecture (futurearchitectureplatform.org)

  • Waste as a Resource ‚Äď Urban Metabolism.
  • 3D Indoor space analysis for way finding.
  • The Urban Heat Island (UHI).
  • Campus Project.
  • The mobility of People.
  • Optimal Cycling Infrastructure.
  • Solar Energy Potential Calculation.
  • New design methodologies.
  • Preservation methods of architectural heritage.
  • Urban property and regeneration.
  • Building multicultural cities

Best thesis topics for Urban Planning and Design 2

Source: Studio Wessendorf – Urban Development – Hannover City 2020+ (studio-wessendorf.de)

Urban design and health.

Spatial changes in big cities.

Design of infrastructure as a reflection of public policy.

Coding the urban form

Designing density: increasing functionality through flexibility in family neighborhoods.

Resurgent Networks of cities.

Suburban Revisions.

Urban design in the wake of deindustrialization.

Urban Mobility: Transference and Public Transit.

The role of technology in changing how a city works.

Open exhibitions.

Modern Marketplace.

When is a design labeled as intrusive?

Is architecture about creativity or economy?

Should heights correspond with surrounding buildings?

Are there natural alternatives to lighting signage?

How to identify utility facilities in an eco-friendly manner.

Urban Street Design.

Best thesis topics for Urban Planning and Design 4

Source: Gallery of ‘Shenyang International Automobile City’ Winning Proposal / SBA International – 6 (archdaily.com)

Vestiges of urban spirit Isfahan’s urban fabric through socio-spatial transformations.

Critical Soviet Design: Senezh studio and the utopian imagination in late socialism.

A marketing design approach to destination development.

Separations in Multi vocality: Reconfiguring Dialogue through Design.

Suburban Navigation Structural Coherence and Visual Appearance in Urban Design.

URBAN SEGREGATION AND URBAN FORM From residential segregation to segregation in public space.

Evolving Urban Culture in Transforming Cities Architectural and Urban Design in a Fluid Context.

Light Design: Outdoor Urban Public Places ‚Äď Urban Lighting: Design and Technologies.

  • Sustainable Economic Urban Fringe Plan for an Internationally Important Trade Center
  • Planning Interventions to address industrial Disparity,
  • Change in Agricultural Pattern And Impact On the cities
  • Potential for Eco-Tourism Development.
  • Spatial Transformation through Agriculture.
  • Impact of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises on Regional Development:

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Source: Gallery of Vancouver to Buy Old Rail Corridor for Future Public Greenway – 1 (archdaily.com)

Port and Port City Development in an Economically Emerging Coastal Region.

  • Integrated Rural Cluster Action Plan for Agricultural Development.
  • Impact of mining on Regional Development.
  • Transformation of Villages under Urban Influence.
  • Water Resource Management in a Drought Prone regions.
  • Selection and Strategies formulation for modal villages.
  • Planning Implications of Highway Corridor on Levels of Development and Settlement Pattern.
  • Impact of Religious Tourism in Regional Development.
  • Role of Agro- based industries in Regional Development.
  • Legality and Illegality in Urban Fringe Development.
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Millennium Development Goals.
  • Uncommon Ground : Urban Form and Social Territory
  • Data-Driven Approaches for Traffic State and Emission Estimation
  • Nature-Based Solutions in Environmental Planning: Ecosystem-Based Adaptations, Green Infrastructures, and Ecosystem Services to Promote Diversity in Urban Landscapes.
  • Short-term and Long-term Effects of New Light Rail Transit Service on Transit Ridership and Traffic Congestion at Two Geographical Levels
  • Waste Management in the Global South: an Inquiry on the Patterns of Plastic and Waste Material Flows.
  • The Impacts of the Bicycle Network on Bicycling Activity: a Longitudinal Multi-City Approach,

Best thesis topics for Urban Planning and Design 8

Source: Postareal Kiel ‚ÄĒ CROSS Architecture | Architekturb√ľro | Aachen & Amsterdam (cross-architecture.net)

Impact of government policies and initiatives (most recent) on urban land use

Impact of urban sprawl on provision of public services

Implications of airport expansion on the surrounding areas

Assessing linkage between the parent city and satellite town

Planning for sustainable neighbourhood

Assessing the liveability in the residential areas of IT parks

Changes in building bye-laws and its implications on urban development

Planning implications of highway corridor on settlement pattern

Socio-economic impact assessment of metro rail

Impact of urban expansion on small towns

Role of International aid in urban poverty alleviation

Impact of urbanization on land use in the rural-urban fringe

Evolving a mechanism for public participation in urban planning and implementation

Role of urban local bodies (ULBs) in urban governance

Quality of life assessment in residential areas

  • GIS modelling of Land Information System
  • Urban Growth Modelling in GIS
  • Urban Sprawl Pattern analysis using GIS
  • Role of GIS in revenue improvement
  • Municipal Information System using GIS in Property Tax Management
  • Application of GIS for property tax Geo-Spatial Information System Based Model for Micro-Level¬†
  • Integration of land records to GIS, a model for municipal application¬†
  • Application of GIS Technology in Watershed management
  • Use of the Geo-Informatics in land suitability analysis for Industrial Development
  • Integrated public transportation systems using GIS

Best thesis topics for Urban Planning and Design 10

Source: Fountain City (archi.ru)

Tourism Potentiality of pilgrim centres

Impact of Tourism on Rural Livelihood

Water tourism: An Exploration of the Role of Inland Water Transport in Tourism Development

Strategies for Heritage Tourism Development

Strategies for Ecotourism Development

Potential of Community based Ecotourism

Tourism Development Plan for Inter State Border Conflict areas

Spatiotemporal movement patterns of international tourists

Potential of Urban Wetlands for Ecotourism Development

Impact of Religious Tourism in Regional Development

Planning for tourism circuit

Impact of tourism on the development of Local Areas

Eco-Tourism development strategies for Coastal Town

Impact of Ecotourism on Local Community

Impact of tourism on district development

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Urbanization is the process by which a large number of people over time become concentrated in cities. However, cities, as permanent settlements where heterogeneous groups of people live, have existed since time immemorial. The existence of cities is extensively interrelated to the expansion of an efficient agricultural system and technology that makes possible surplus products beyond the immediate requirements of survival. This condition, together with the existence of complex social organization and favorable geographical environment, plays a critical role in the continued existence of cities. Yet due to, among other things, inadequate technology and agricultural and transportation systems, premodern cities were relatively undersized and few in number compared to modern cities. Hence, the true development of urbanization is a recent phenomenon. Just 200 years ago, the number of people living in urban areas throughout the world was under 4 percent. Currently, that number is 47 percent; soon it will hit the 50 percent mark. By the year 2025, demographers predict that two thirds of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas.

Modern Urbanism and Beyond

The industrial revolution made a marked difference in the development of modern cities. The revolution played an important role in drawing people to cities, where diverse nonagricultural occupations were available. Most importantly, however, the industrial revolution laid the infrastructural basis for the expansion of communication between distant areas and the transportation of people and resources from one place to another. Hence, preindustrial cities and modern cities were dissimilar from one another not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. Economically modern cities allowed elaborate specialization together with an open system in which achievement rather than ascription played an important role in social mobility. Politically, modern cities became social spaces wherein the notion of citizenship, replacing premodern subject-hood, found full-fledged expression. Culturally, modern cities not only served as centers of cultural intermixing but acted as places wherein diverse subcultures flourished. These processes allowed modern cities to grow exponentially. Some modern cities evolved into metropolises, central cities surrounded by towns and suburban areas with relatively integrated economies. Sometimes continued urbanization created a megalopolis, a continuous stretch of urban area forming a cluster of metropolises, such as from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Modern cities are also distinct from their premodern counterparts because of a unique form of social behavior that emerged within them. Urban sociologist Louis Wirth designated this emergent behavior as urbanism, a distinctive way of life eventuated by the social patterns of modernity. Because urbanites are exposed to an increasing social differentiation of the urban environment, they tend to be anonymous, superficial, and selectively sensitive to social matters while at the same time exhibiting strong ties with their primary groups. Before Wirth, Georg Simmel also remarked on the inimitable features of the urbanite. Unlike some modern social thinkers who lamented the disappearance of community life, Simmel underscored the positive dimensions of the urban experience without glossing over its problems. In place of excessive parochialism and surveillance characteristics of the traditional way of life a good deal of freedom is provided by urban centers to urban dwellers. Anticipating David Harvey’s notion of “time-space compression,” Simmel was able to describe the intense feeling that urbanites experience. According to Simmel, to the extent that they develop a unique attitude that protects them from the overstimulations of urban life, urbanites experience an intense crash of people and events hitherto unimagined. In their blase attitude, an indifference to manifold but selective situations, urbanites might sound cold and calculating. Yet, the blase mind-set is nothing but a survival mechanism through which urbanites focus on what is indispensable to the process of coping with the encounters of city life.

Recently social scientists extended the process of overstimulation that takes place in urban settings to its ultimate conclusion that a new type of self, the postmodern self, has emerged as a result. Postmodernists assert that this new self is markedly different from the selves that preceded it. Unlike the romantic and the modern selves‚ÄĒwhose fundamental nature centered on passion and reason, respectively‚ÄĒthe postmodern self, despite the residues that it inherited from the past, lacks essence and is decentered. To the extent that the self is at the verge of dissolution, social structures have lost their constraining impact on the individual. However, the self has not disappeared; it has become relational instead, augmented by the opportunity for social connectedness. The proximate cause of this development is technological. In a postindustrial age in which communication technologies dominate, the self is constantly bombarded by signs, images, and varied experiences that knock at its door with no end in sight. Consequently, individuals have a hard time committing themselves to a single master identity. With social saturation undermining “coherent circles of accord,” as Kenneth J. Gergen calls them in The Saturated Self, individuals have no option but to be skeptical of prevailing viewpoints. Ironically, according to some analysts, the process of social saturation‚ÄĒfar from enfeebling communalism‚ÄĒreinforces amicable relationships among members of society.

Urbanization and Social Problems

Despite cities acting as platforms for the notable accomplishments of modernity, urbanization’s picture is not all rosy. Urban centers are plagued by many social problems. These problems are most vivid in the developing world, where millions of people are concentrated in few cities. Unprecedented urban growth in these countries is caused by natural population increase and the migration of people from rural to urban areas. In the developing world, more than 70 percent of the urban population lives in poverty; yet rural residents flock to metropolitan areas, attempting to flee from the pulverizing impact of poverty in their own areas. The migration is also, in part, the function of an uneven policy of development that buttresses urban growth at the expense of the agricultural sector. As a result, cities in the developing world must deal with daunting social problems that become increasingly difficult to overcome. Most of these problems are associated with employment, pollution, and housing, just to mention a few. Due to the availability of “surplus labor,” many people in the cities of the developing world are not only unemployed but underemployed and “misemployed” (engaged in undignified activities such as prostitution) as well.

Where attempts to resolve the problems of urban unemployment take place, the result has been the unintended consequences of industrialization and urbanization, with pollution the most salient one. Cities of the developing world are noisier and more polluted than cities of the developed world. Despite the fact that quality of life in urban areas has qualitatively improved compared with quality of life in rural areas, inadequate housing is one of the chronic problems in developing world cities. More than 75 percent of the urban population in these cities lives in overcrowded slums, squatter settlements, and shantytowns where life is extremely precarious. Consequently, as the problem of cities of the developing world is the presence of too many problems without the accompanying social means of prevailing over them, many social scientists fear that the breakdown of urban giants of the developing world may take place unless a social miracle of sorts comes to pass.

In spite of the colossal number of resources at their disposal, highly industrialized nations have not spared themselves from urban problems either. Although the types of chronic problems that Friedrich Engels described in his ethnographic work on Manchester do not exist today, cities of the highly industrialized nations still suffer from “old” (poverty, violence) and “new” (pollution, traffic congestion) social problems. In the United States, for instance, poverty‚ÄĒmainly caused by the loss of manufacturing jobs due to globalization processes, the migration of white-collar corporations and manufacturing firms to the suburbs, and the retraction of investment from inner cities‚ÄĒis one of the “old” problems that afflict urban dwellers, especially inhabitants of the inner city, a significant number of whom fall under the social category of the underclass. Members of the underclass are not just at the bottom of social hierarchy, but they are beneath the class structure. Consisting of single mothers on welfare, teenagers, and the homeless, the underclass have virtually no social and economic capital and are trapped in a cycle of poverty from which they are incapable of escaping.


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Embarking on a journey through the realm of construction dissertation topics can be both exciting and challenging for students pursuing degrees in civil engineering, architecture, or construction management. As we step into 2023, the construction industry continues to evolve, presenting fresh challenges and opportunities for research. In this blog, we will explore 200+ ideal construction dissertation topics that not only reflect the current trends but also offer students a chance to contribute to the ever-growing field.

  • Sustainable Construction Practices:

In an era dominated by environmental concerns, sustainable construction practices remain at the forefront. Students can delve into topics such as “The Impact of Green Building Materials on Construction Sustainability” or “Implementing Circular Economy Principles in Construction Projects.”

  • Innovative Technologies in Construction:

The construction industry is undergoing a technological revolution. Dissertation topics like “Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Project Management” or “Drones in Construction: A Comprehensive Analysis” provide avenues for exploration.

  • Project Management in Construction:

Efficient project management is crucial for successful construction endeavors. Topics like “Critical Success Factors in Construction Project Management” or “Risk Management in Large-scale Construction Projects” offer rich ground for research.

  • Urbanization and Infrastructure Development:

As urban areas expand, the demand for infrastructure grows. Students can explore topics such as “Smart Cities: Integrating Technology for Urban Development” or “The Role of Infrastructure in Mitigating Urbanization Challenges.”

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Worker safety is a paramount concern in construction. Dissertation topics like “Enhancing Safety Culture in Construction Sites” or “The Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Safety Protocols in Construction” address contemporary issues.

  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Construction:

Understanding the legal and ethical dimensions of construction is crucial. Topics like “Contractual Disputes in Construction Projects” or “Ethical Considerations in Sustainable Construction” provide a nuanced perspective.

  • Cost Estimation and Budgeting in Construction:

Efficient financial management is key to project success. Dissertation topics like “Cost Overruns in Construction: Causes and Remedies” or “Life Cycle Cost Analysis in Construction Projects” delve into financial aspects.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM):

BIM is transforming the way construction projects are planned and executed. Students can explore topics like “The Integration of BIM and Sustainable Construction” or “Challenges and Opportunities in BIM Implementation.”

  • Disaster Resilience in Construction:

As climate-related events become more frequent, the construction industry must adapt. Dissertation topics like “Building Resilient Infrastructure Against Natural Disasters” or “Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Construction” are pertinent.

  • Social and Cultural Aspects of Construction:

Construction projects often intersect with social and cultural contexts. Topics like “Community Engagement in Urban Development Projects” or “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Construction” offer a human-centric perspective.

In the dynamic landscape of construction, the possibilities for dissertation topics are vast. As students gear up to contribute to this ever-evolving field, these 200+ ideas serve as a compass, guiding them through the diverse and multifaceted world of construction research. Whether it’s embracing sustainability, navigating technological advancements, or addressing social issues, each topic provides a unique opportunity for students to leave their mark on the future of construction. So, let the exploration begin, and may these dissertation topics inspire the construction leaders of tomorrow.

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Frank Reich lasted 11 games as Panthers coach. It's not even close to shortest NFL tenure

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The Carolina Panthers fired coach Frank Reich after only 11 games but it is still not the shortest tenure in league history, not by a longshot.

Reich actually held his job longer than three other coaches, and ‚ąí given the unique circumstances of the person on this list with the shortest tenure in NFL history ‚ąí it's hard to envision that record ever being broken.

Still, quick tenures has become far more common recently in the NFL, with the Broncos firing former coach Nathaniel Hackett last December after only 15 games and the Jaguars ending the Urban Meyer experiment in 2021 after only 13.

Here's a look at the five shortest coaching tenures in NFL history, not counting interim roles.

13 games: Lou Holtz, New York Jets (1976) and Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars (2021)

Starting with Meyer, his time in Jacksonville was fraught with an inability to adapt his coaching style to the NFL after he was one of the most successful coaches in college football history. It started from the very beginning.

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A month after his hiring , Meyer hired former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who had been accused of bullying and allegedly saying racist remarks while with the Hawkeyes.  Doyle quit two days after being hired . Meyer then signed Tim Tebow, a career quarterback, to play tight end. This despite the fact that Tebow had not played in six seasons and had never played tight end. He was cut after team's first preseason game. The Jaguars were fined $200,000 and Meyer received a fine of $100,000 for violation of the league's policy on contact during off-season practices.

A  video surfaced online  showing a woman who was not Meyer's wife dancing on him in a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant the day after the team lost a road game in Cincinnati. Meyer did not accompany the team back to Jacksonville after the game. Meyer apologized, saying his behavior was "stupid" and caused a distraction.

Then, the act that prompted his dismissal, former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo revealed that  Meyer kicked him while stretching before practice .

Another coach making the jump from the college ranks, Holtz struggled significantly in his lone season in the NFL. Coming from NC State, Holtz was tabbed to lead the Jets in what would be Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath's final season in New York.

The Jets lost their first four games and went 3-11 under Holtz before he resigned ahead of the season finale. Namath completed just 49.6% of his passes in 11 games (eight starts) that year and posted a 4:16 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Jets also ranked 26th out of 29 teams in scoring defense, allowing 27.4 points per game that season.

11 games: Frank Reich, Carolina Panthers (2023)

This is actually the second time Frank Reich has been fired in the middle of an NFL season. In November 2022, the Colts dismissed Reich after a 3-5-1 start amid a regression at offensive line and a constant flux at quarterback.

Then, a little more than two months later, the Panthers hired Reich to be their head coach. Reich had been Carolina's first-ever starting quarterback when the team was an expansion franchise during the 1995 season. In March, the Panthers traded up in a massive deal to secure the No. 1 overall selection in the 2023 NFL draft, a pick they eventually used to select Bryce Young .

While Reich did not have personnel control in making the decision to draft Young and while C.J. Stroud of the Texans is vastly outperforming all rookie quarterbacks, Young's rookie campaign had been a mess under Reich.

At the time of Reich's firing, Young ranked 27th in passing yards (1,877), 58th in yards per attempt (5.4), 53rd in quarterback rating (74.9) and has a 9:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Panthers featured one of the worst offensive lines in football, ranking 29th in sacks allowed (43).

Minutes after the Panthers lost to the Titans Week 12 to drop to 1-10 under Reich, team owner David Tepper was heard shouting an expletive after leaving the locker room. By the next day, Reich was gone.

9 games: Pete McCulley, San Francisco 49ers (1978)

The 49ers fired Ken Meyer in January 1978 and tabbed Pete McCulley to lead the team. After nine games, McCulley was then fired in October of the same year. It would be McCulley's lone head coaching job at any major level of football.

McCulley's team faced a void of talent after the Niners traded five draft picks, including a first-rounder, for running back O.J. Simpson, who was 31 at the time of the deal. Simpson would post a career low in yards per carry (3.7) and scored only one rushing touchdown. He would play only one additional season in the NFL, also with San Francisco.

McCulley's 49ers had a rough start, which is something of an understatement. They went 1-8 before he was fired and the team would go on to commit a stunning 63 turnovers and rank last in scoring offense (13.7 points per game) and 23rd (of 28 teams) in scoring defense (21.9).

The 49ers would finish the season 2-14. The coach they hired to replace McCulley was Bill Walsh.

2 preseason games: George Allen, Los Angeles Rams (1978)

It turns out that 1978 was a rough year in general for one-and-dones. Before the 49ers fired McCulley, George Allen lasted just a pair of games, and exhibition ones at that.

Allen, an eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer, never posted a losing season during his 12 years as a head coach, compiling a 118-54-5 mark. He coached with the Rams from 1966 through 1970 and then with Washington from 1971 through 1977.

He was appointed in 1978 to lead the Rams for his second stint with the team, but owner Carroll Rosenbloom fired Allen after just two preseason games.

The Rams elevated defensive coordinator Ray Malavasi as coach and he led the team to a 12-4 record and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game.

1 day: Bill Belichick, New York Jets (2000)

"I resign as HC of the NYJ".

It's one of the iconic moments in recent NFL history: Bill Belichick, one day after being elevated as the head coach of the New York Jets ‚ąí following the resignation of previous coach Bill Parcells ‚ąí Belichick held a press conference that was supposed to be his introductory session, only to deliver his resignation, which he had written on a slip of paper.

Belichick, rather, preferred to be the coach of the New England Patriots, joining forces with owner Robert Kraft. Eventually, the Patriots would trade a first-round pick in the 2000 NFL draft to acquire Belichick from New York.

Belichick would go on to win six Super Bowls with the Patriots, matching the number of playoff appearances the Jets have had since 2000.

The last time New York clinched a berth in the postseason was 2010. Three of Belichick's Patriots titles (2014, 2016, 2018) have come since then.


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