Welcome to the Urban Design Studio website! This website includes coursework completed by San Jose State’s planning students. Each project is intended to stimulate creative thinking and new ideas.

Course Description: This course is concerned with the public realm of urban environments. The field of urban design involves the integration and design of a variety of urban elements from parks, plazas, markets and streets that contribute to community vitality, to elements of circulation, density, urban form, history, and social demographics that make up and support the functionality of a city. In this course we will explore opportunities to create more humane places using effective principles and techniques of urban design. Concerns of social equity, sustainability, and economic development will frame our analysis and provide a lens to engage design thinking about the public realm.

Instructor: Ginette Wessel, Ph.D.