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KGLM 2180 - Planning in the Large Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This class is an exploration of spatial planning of a few cities of the world; we focus on the actual arrangements around. Rather than a discipline, we define planning as an organised and reflexive effort to improve collective actions. In particular, spatial planning designates a large but interconnected area of political decisions. Being politically oriented, these decisions are heavily influenced by economic development, legal framework and social complexity. In this sense, planning is part of the broad framework of territorial governance. However, planning is also influenced by spatial models and cultural dimensions; and the variable geometry of national arrangements between state and market actors. In this sense, one can look at spatial planning as the positioning of collective actions with regards to time and space.


CREMASCHI, Marco (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

30% : Students will write 3 one-page reflection papers based upon the readings in each month from September to December, to be published on the class blog. 10 %: In week 4, students submit a one-page proposal for their final paper. 60%; a 5000 words Essay, on a subject to be chosen by each student. It will be submitted via before 4th December at midnight. The paper will discuss an urban project, preferably in one of the city discussed during class, drawing upon the analysis of reports, grey literature, newspaper reports, policy briefs, quantitative data, census data, and so on.

Required reading

UN-HABITAT (2006) State of the World's Cities, 2006/7. London: Earthscan

Additional required reading

Any Regional study prepared for “Planning Sustainable Cities: Global Report on Human Settlements 2009”, Available from