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Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice

Join David Kooris, as he illustrates the sustainability and livability challenges and opportunities faced by America’s suburban communities and urban centers.

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Join David Kooris, AICP (Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development for Bridgeport, Connecticut and former Vice President and Connecticut Director for the Regional Plan Association) as he illustrates the sustainability and livability challenges and opportunities faced by America’s suburban communities and urban centers.

In this course, Mr. Kooris shares lessons from his extensive planning experience in the New York Metropolitan region and worldwide, describing how land use plans, private development, and public infrastructure shape our communities. From the history of organic regional growth and urban planning to modern economic and environmental changes, this course will help students understand trends and craft appropriate responses to help improve our communities.

Urgent issues including the housing market, employment, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental soundness, safety, and livability are discussed from the planning perspective, and new tools for dealing with these issues are reviewed with evidence-based precision. Planning techniques, zoning tools, and other land use regulations for coastal resiliency, transport-oriented development, and complete streets are just a few of the creative solutions covered in this course. As planning challenges and their resolutions inherently cross political boundaries, new forms of partnerships, consensus building across diverse constituencies, and stakeholder engagement are also highlighted in this course.

Urban, Suburban and Regional Planning Practice would greatly benefit planners, local economic development and planning departments, community groups, tactical urbanism specialists, and any stakeholders interested in learning how to create community change using new planning tools and active partnerships.


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David Kooris, AICP
David Kooris, AICP

David Kooris is the Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development for Connecticut’s most populous city, Bridgeport. In this position he manages seven divisions including Planning, Economic Development, Housing and Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Land Use and Construction Review, Buildings, and Zoning. This role enables him to chart a long-range strategy for the city’s revitalization grounded in its diverse neighborhoods, spur economic development in its downtown and commercial centers, and reposition thousands of acres of brownfields for sustainable redevelopment focusing on transportation alternatives, distributed energy generation and green infrastructure, and economic development calibrated to the city’s workforce.

Mr. Kooris has worked on high-speed rail-oriented development, sustainability planning, and urban revitalization projects throughout the Northeast corridor as well as in Kansas City, Vancouver, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Peru, Taiwan, and South Korea. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master's in City and Regional Planning and a Master's Certificate in Urban Design from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


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