The mission of the Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) at Temple University is to:
Strengthen the effectiveness of planning practice in creating sustainable communities.
Prepare students with the understanding, values, and skills that enable positive contributions in a rapidly changing world.
Advance knowledge and guide public decision-making through research and service. 30
Articulate public interests that are important to Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region.
The Courses offered in Community and Regional Planning reflect our Department’s strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, regional planning, and advanced computer applications. We are specifically building on the late Ian McHarg’s notion of ecologically-based planning, taking advantage of the fact that one of our CRP faculty members studied with Professor McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania.
The concept of an ecologically-based planning program involves placing a greater emphasis on the physical sciences than is found in most US planning programs. Our program is in a unique position to pursue this approach given our close relationship with the Center for Sustainable Communities which provides students opportunities to financially support their studies and gain valuable experience by working on ecologically-based research and service projects. Faculty involvement in the Center’s research also yields rich case studies for classroom and studio projects.
For Fall 2016, the Harrisburg campus is offering courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Planning and the Graduate Certificate in Transportation planning.