Curriculum Innovation Awards

The Institute’s Curriculum Innovation Award, offered in collaboration with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), honors excellence in teaching and design of learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective. Chosen courses reflect the Institute’s key issues and have been taught with measurable student success.


Eight Generational Planning – Envisioning Cities for Year 2228 (URP 4752)
Scott Spak, Lucie Laurian, and Steve Spears
University of Iowa, School of Urban and Regional Planning
In this course, students envision and design regenerative cities in the age of Anthropocene using urban strategies for sustainability, resilience, human well-being, and social inclusiveness.

Environmental Justice
Lily Baum Pollans
Hunter College, Department of Urban Policy and Planning
This course gives students an understanding of the complex and multiple forms of environmental injustice using a wide range of visual, audio, and written material and experiential learning.

One Region Forward’s Champions for Change: Regional Sustainability from the Bottom Up
Hadar Borden, Darren Cotton, Eve Holberg, Da’von McCune, Beverly Newkirk, Bob Shibley, Elizabeth Walsh, Gail Wells, and Julia White
State University of New York at Buffalo
This course is a practical, project-based, community-engaged intensive course that explores the role of civic engagement and community-driven design in regional planning.

Urban Rivers: Environmental Policy, Planning, and Activism
Diana Denham, Mary Ann Rozance, Melanie Malone, and Erin Goodling
Portland State University, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
This course offers insight into the complex environmental politics governing urban rivers with a comparative case study of two contaminated rivers in the Pacific Northwest: the Portland Harbor and the Lower Duwamish River Superfund Sites.


Civilitas, Urbis & Conexiones: Board Games as a Learning Tool for Integrating Public Interest Into the Urban Planning Curriculum
Marcos Barinas Uribe
Universidad Iberoamericana, School of Architecture and Arts
This course aims at developing skills of strategic and interdisciplinary urban analysis in students through gamified models of real contexts and the exploration of strategic solutions.

Exploring Development Complexities
Sonia Roitman
The University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
This course examines the challenges related to development in the context of Indonesia and applies research tools to undertake policy analysis and holistic livelihood assessments.

Policies and Instruments for Financing Urban Development
Gislene Pereira and Leticia Nerone Gadens
Federal University of Parana
This course focuses on land value capture concepts for urban financing purposes and discusses the relationship between development costs, urban regulation, and infrastructure distribution.

Sustainable Cities
Deland Chan
Stanford University, Program on Urban Studies
In this course, students collaborate with San Francisco Bay Area government agencies and community organizations to engage with issues of sustainability, urban planning, and land use.


The Community Development Finance Lab
Kevin McQueen
The New School, School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
This course examines project analysis, deal structuring, financing tools, and community capital markets through classroom instruction combined with real-world projects.

Financing Local Government
Phuong Nguyen-Hoang
University of Iowa, School of Urban and Regional Planning
This course covers a myriad of planning issues concerning land use, smart growth management, and the mechanics of the property tax.

UBPL 741: Quantitative Methods I (a.k.a. Using Research to Foster Compassionate Planning)
Ward Lyles
University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration
This course introduces students to the application of research methods in the field of urban planning and policy through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.