Planning Innovations Technology Lab
Advances in technology are changing the way planners conduct geographic analysis and
present complex ideas to the public. Keeping up with these changes requires the introduction
of technology-based skill-sets into planning education. We believe that our students
should be positioned to advance the technological capabilities of the agencies that
they go to work for, by bringing in knowledge of the latest innovations in planning
To achieve this goal, we have created the Planning Innovations Technology (PIT) lab. The PIT lab is not just a physical entity or collection of computers, but an element
of a refreshed curriculum that incorporates technology instruction and experimentation
into our core courses.
The primary purpose of the PIT lab is to provide City and Regional Planning students
with knowledge of the latest innovations in planning technology, with a focus on enhancing
geographic analysis and presentation/visualization skills. In addition, the PIT lab
is designed to improve students’ learning environment by augmenting traditional lecture-based
learning with experiential learning that is interactive and collaborative.
An example of some of the technology that is used in the lab and some student work
can be seen in a PowerPoint presentation that can be downloaded here.