The mission of UrbanPlan is to educate the next generation of young people – our future voters, neighbors, public officials, and land use professionals – to better understand the many considerations and tradeoffs presented to land-use professionals in the design and development of our cities.
UrbanPlan harnesses the power of experiential learning to drive students to more deeply engage in the complex nature of land-use decisions and inspire them to take an active role as engaged citizens to create better communities. The curriculum-based program is available for high-school juniors and seniors, public officials, and community groups. Nationwide, this impactful program reaches almost 4,000 students per year in 52 high schools in 39 cities through ULI’s network of District Councils. Learn more about the national program here.
The ULI-LA UrbanPlan Committee meets monthly to implement programming and workshops throughout Los Angeles. If you are a ULI-LA member and interested in joining the UrbanPlan committee, please fill out this form or email [email protected]
Get Trained & Get Involved with UrbanPlan
ULI-LA is excited to bring you along on all things UrbanPlan. From the local school to civic leaders and the public sector, ULI LA’s UrbanPlan Committee hosts sessions.
UrbanPlan for High Schools
UrbanPlan is a classroom-based learning curriculum developed for high school juniors and seniors. Traditionally imbedded into semester-long Economics or Government classes, the program is currently reaching almost 4,000 students per year in 52 high schools in 39 cities through ULI’s network of District Councils. In the 15 class hours of the curriculum, students learn about land use and its related disciplines in business, city planning, real estate, architecture, and law.
Students form development teams and respond to an RFP to redevelop a 5½ block site in a fictional city. Each team member assumes one of five development roles and together the team develops a financial proforma and physical model of their plan. Once complete, each team presents their proposal to a mock City Council who then awards the ‘development contract’ to the winning team.
Two-Week Summer Camp
ULI LA’s UrbanPlan Summer Camp compresses and enhances the traditional UrbanPlan curriculum into a 10-day interactive real estate camp. Week One introduces students to real estate concepts and challenges. Week Two offers students the unique opportunity to reinforce this foundation by working on a real redevelopment site in their community.
Through the process, students discover the dynamic fundamental challenges of development: how market forces such as supply and demand clash and collaborate with non-market forces like politics and regulation to create the built environment.
For more information on the UrbanPlan Summer Camp, please check out the flyer.
UrbanPlan for Public Officials
In April 2021, ULI-LA held our first-ever virtual UrbanPlan Workshop. Teams explored key issues of land-use with other elected officials, professional land use practitioners, and ULI volunteers. Thank you to the 17 public officials from around LA County who participated as well as our member-volunteers who served as facilitators and team advisers!
UrbanPlan is an opportunity for public officials to build their toolkit for understanding how public/private partnerships can make a positive impact on city-led projects. We anticipate that Public Officials Workshops will become a signature part of our annual UrbanPlan programming. Keep an eye out for future workshop opportunities.
For more information on the UrbanPlan Workshop for Public Officials, please check out the flyer
Want to get involved in UrbanPlan?
For more information or to volunteer, contact our two co-chairs: Lori Summers [email protected] and Rebecca Martinez [email protected]