The mission of the graduate Urban Placemaking and Management (UPM) program is to provide a professionally oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. The UPM program focuses on participatory planning leading to successful and sustainable public spaces. The focus begins with community engagement, while stressing a multidisciplinary approach to the development, design and programming of public space. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge of theory, technical capacity, collaborative skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to plan our public space for economic, environmental, and social justice in urban neighborhoods.
A. Students shall demonstrate both professional competency in the field of placemaking and the ability to independently pursue original thinking and research.
B. Students shall demonstrate a foundational understanding of
- The history and theory of public space.
- The professional disciplines and practices involved in creating and maintaining successful public space.
- The balance of theory and practice, especially with regard to the use of ideas and information.
C. Students shall demonstrate technical proficiency consistent with the highest standards of the profession, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and written, oral and graphic communication skills.
D. Students shall demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in planning practice, potentially with a concentration in community development, physical planning, urban sustainability, and historic preservation.
E. Students shall demonstrate collaborative skills, critical thinking, and an ability to lead in an interdisciplinary environment.
F. Students shall exit Pratt as an engaged professional on the path to participate meaningfully in the field; help preserve the environment for generations to come; and foster inclusive planning and just cities.
Students have full access to courses in the other Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD) aside from the UPM: City and Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Historic Preservation, and Construction / Facilities Management, in addition to courses at Brooklyn Law School. Students may go further, to pursue two PSPD graduate degrees (combining planning and sustainability, or planning and preservation, or planning and development) at considerable savings in credits, cost, and time. This enables students to graduate from Pratt doubly equipped and qualified. The same option (and savings) exists for a J.D. in law, in association with Brooklyn Law School.