URBD790

Planning for Transportation and Accessibility

Streets have a vital role in place making. Successful streets balance requirements to move people and goods, connect buildings and public spaces, and create settings for life. How can urban transportation policies and streetscape design help achieve good urban design and more liveable cities and communities?

In this course, we'll answer this question by exploring planning and urban design issues for transit, cars, cycling, walkability, and parking. We'll also learn about the relationship between transportation and built form, neighbourhood traffic calming, and the features of transit-oriented developments.

We’ll use case studies to help analyze the competing demands for road space, including access, linkages, and urban design and public realm issues.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 2 Gordon H Price
Tamim Raad
Dale Bracewell
Joanne Proft
Stuart Ramsey
Michelle Babiuk
Jeffrey Busby
$650.00 24 Register

This course is available as part of the Urban Design Certificate (elective course) and on an individual basis.

Registration may close up to one week before the course begins. 

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Learn how transportation fits into urban planning and urban design
  • List the 10 myths of transportation planning
  • Explain the principles of good transportation planning and design
  • Review transportation modes
  • Explain the land use and urban design connection
  • Understand the anatomy of a street and how to use the urban design toolkit for streets
  • Develop your observation and evaluation techniques to enhance your understanding of streets through site visits and an in-class studio assignment

View a sample course agenda (PDF).

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Field trips
  • Small group discussions and applied exercises
  • Group presentations
  • Assignments

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers, and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers, and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on a take-home assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

  • AIBC CES participants, PIBC members, and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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